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Ointments for itchy skin

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Ointments for itchy skin
Ointments for itchy skin

Ointments for itchy skin, such as ointment with calamine, ointment with antihistamines or ointment with steroids, have substances with antiallergic, anti-inflammatory, soothing or skin protective action, which help to relieve the itching caused by various diseases, such as allergies, very dry skin, insect bites, sunburn, dermatitis, psoriasis, chickenpox or ringworm, for example.

These ointments can be purchased at pharmacies or drugstores, and it is important to use them with the indication of a general practitioner or dermatologist according to the cause of the itchy skin, the duration of treatment and the doses individually.


Some ointments most recommended by doctors to relieve itchy skin are:

1. Ointments with calamine

Calamine is a substance made up of zinc oxide and other components, which act to relieve itching, due to its astringent and skin-protective properties. Calamine ointments and creams can be used alone or in addition to the treatment prescribed by the doctor, in various situations, such as allergies, insect bites, sunburn or chickenpox.

Some examples of products with calamine are Ducilamine by TheraSkin, which can be used in adults and children, and Calamyn, Solardril and Caladryl, which can be used in adults and children over 2 years old, because they have camphor in the composition, which is contraindicated in children under 2 years of age. See a calendula ointment that can be used on the baby.

2. Ointments with antihistamines

Ointments with antihistamines can be used in situations such as allergic skin reactions, atopic dermatitis or insect bites, for example, because they act to reduce allergy and reduce itching.

Some examples of ointments or creams with antihistamines are Profergan or Phenergan, with promethazine in the composition, and Polaramine, with dexchlorpheniramine in the composition. These products should only be used on children over 2 years of age.

3. Ointments with corticosteroids

Corticosteroids in ointment or cream are remedies widely used to treat itching in situations where there is a lot of discomfort and/or where other treatments have not been effective.

Generally these ointments are widely used as aids in the treatment of psoriasis, associated with antifungals in mycoses, insect bites or severe allergies, eczema or atopic dermatitis, for example, but they should only be used if recommended by the doctor.

Some examples of corticosteroid ointments or creams that the doctor may recommend are Berlison or Hidrocorte, with hydrocortisone, Cortidex, with dexamethasone, or Esperson, with desoxymethasone. Find out what precautions to take with corticosteroids.

4. Moisturizing, nourishing and soothing creams

In some cases, itching can occur due to extreme dryness and dehydration of the skin, atopic dermatitis or skin irritation caused by chemicals or shaving, for example.

In these cases, the use of a good moisturizing, nourishing and soothing cream can be enough to end the discomfort and itching felt on the skin. However, it is important to be careful if it is a skin with atopic dermatitis, as in these cases specific products should be used, with few ingredients and as mild as possible.

Some examples of creams that can be used to gently nourish and hydrate the skin are Xeracalm Lipid Replenishing Balm by Avéne, Fisiogel AI or Lipikar Baume AP+ by La Roche Posay. In addition, Sesderma Hydraloe Gel is also a great option for irritated skin, insect bites, light burns or itching, because it has 100% aloe vera in its composition, with a soothing and soothing action.

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