What is the role of antihistamines in the treatment of atopic dermatitis (AD)?

Updated: Apr 26, 2021
  • Author: Cassandra Bradby, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Physicians have been prescribing antihistamines for years to control the pruritus associated with acute atopic dermatitis. Little evidence exists that antihistamines help with the itching in an awake patient; however, the use of sedating antihistamines is supported to control scratching while the patient is asleep. [12]


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