does calamine lotion really stop the itching of the skin?
May 15, 2007 7:35pm CST
i have very sensitive skin and it gets easily itchy and irritated when it comes near to dust or some pollen. :( i dont like scratching it because the end result does not look nice - i look like i have hives! they say that calamine lotion really works but i am a bit scared and hesitant to use it due to my wide range of allergies. have you tried calamine lotion? does it really work on healing itchy skin?
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16 May 07
Calamine lotion is evry effective at stopping the itch and calming the sin but this is all it does. It doesn't really heal the skin or prevent further attacks so I think you hsoul dbe really look at more of the root of the problem. Something you may find very effective is some of the barrier creams that you can buy in your local chemist. They are very simple and delicate and you just rub on and they stop anything including water frmo coming directly into contact with it. I suffer from very painful dermatitis on my wrist that is brought on by it being damp. I work in catering so this can be difficult to avoid. Be careful if you are using steroid cream as prolonged use can actuallyr esult in thinning and scarring of the tissue.
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16 May 07
When I was a kid, Calamine Lotion was the stuff of choice when it came to poison ivy and mosquito bites. I don't really know why - it dries up, flakes, leaves dust all over, and all it does is look pink, like some kind of mud. I never thought it ever did any good. For dry skin I can recommend simple Keri Lotion, or Jergens Almond-Cherry Lotion. Both work very well, do not make your skin sting or tingle, and when applied religiously, offer up soft, unblemished, non-itchy skin for weeks after. If you've got really, really dry skin, check out 3M's products. Yes, 3M, the people who make Post-Ups! They also have medical grade moisturizers that work wonders for even the worst kind of dry skin. I used to sell it back when I worked for a medical supply company, and our customers were crazy about it! It's called Cavilon. Here's a link: http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/Sh/SkinHealth/brands/cavilon/ It can be ordered over the phone or online with a credit card. Try each one, they're successively expensive, so start with the Jergens, then the Keri, and if that doesn't work, try Cavilon. It's the best money can buy, and I know everyone will love it. :)