Lately I've had an itching problem on my chest. When I went to my dermatologist he recommended a course of oral steroids and topical antibiotics. This calmed the itching down and allowed my chest to heal but it didn't completely treat the symptoms. I still had some flare-ups. Not wanting to prolong a treatment with steroids he recommended a hydrating medicated body wash and the application of Benedryl Cream. Essentially, Benedryl is a topical antihistamine/analgesic ( Diphenhydramine HCI) combined with Zinc Acetate. I found using it regularly brought me quick itch relief and was slowly improving the condition. On a recent trip to Wal-Mart, I came across Equate Extra Strength Anti Itch Cream. As so many Equate products, Equate Extra Strength Anti Itch Cream is a generic equivalent of Extra Strength BENADRYL® Itch Stopping Cream offered at about half the price. My prior experience with Equate products made this purchase decision a no-brainer. Everything including the mild scent of this cream was virtually the same as the Benedryl product. Using it three times a day, I'm finding it to bring me the relief I need from itching which in turn reduces the damage scratching the itch does to the affected skin. While the cream when applied is thick, it is absorbed into the skin reasonably quickly leaving a light protective film on the surface. My dermatologist has said my skin condition ( mild atopic eczema) is improving. One caution should be stated. If you're taking an oral medication containing Diphenhydramine HCI consult your physician before using either the Equate or Benedryl branded version of this medication. While I believe that Hydrocortisone Creams offer longer lasting itch relief, I don't like using them for any extended period. Equate Extra Strength Anti Itch Cream is a suitable alternative, particularly as the itching begins to subside.
Boca Raton, FL