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Suffering from itching all over body. Temporary relief by cetrizine. Any permanent remedy?

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i frequently suffer from itching, when i take cetrizine it subsides and again in 2 days it comes back. every time i have itching i use cetrizine. this is from past 3-4years, itching is on whole body. Can u help?
Posted Mon, 18 Feb 2013 in Skin Hair and Nails
Answered by Dr. Kalpana Pathak 23 minutes later
You seem to be having urticaria.
To help you more, I would like you to answer below mentioned queries
1) is it persistent since last two years or you had few episodes in the span of two years.
2) any precipitating factor like particular food intake, drug, any history of infection like dental caries or worm infestation, if itching is induced on exposure to hot or cold, exposure to spicy food, exposure to pressure etc
3) history of thyroid disorder or joint pains
4) type of lesions that you develop with itching red raised rashes etc and site involved

Hoping to hear from you soon. Take care.
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Follow-up: Suffering from itching all over body. Temporary relief by cetrizine. Any permanent remedy? 2 days later
1)it is persistent from past 2-3 years.
2)no particular reasons like food,weather,uti etc. It occurs every 2-3 days irrespective of food.
3)no history of thyroid or joint pains.
4)rashes occur due to itching.
Answered by Dr. Kalpana Pathak 45 minutes later
Thanks for writing back.
It seems you are probably having chronic idiopathic urticaria( i.e. urticaria of unknown cause persisting since prolonged period). In most of the cases, there is no underlying cause for urticaria. The treatment involves use of oral anti allergics from few weeks to months depending on the response.

To treat the same in your case, you may begin with these
Oral fexofenadine tablet180 mg( Allegra) or oral tab loratidine ( lorinol) in morning
Oral tab cetirizine monteleukast combination( montair LC or Montec LC or lezyncet m) in night.
To soothe rashes, apply calamine lotion.

I would also advise you to consult a dermatologist as in urticaria frequent follow ups are required to taper or add on the drugs as per requirement and response. Moreover above mentioned are prescription drugs that should be taken under a doctor's supervision.

Hope that answers your query. Should there be further queries, feel free to write back.
Take care.
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