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    Use of ice packs to help itching
    tiredofitching posted:
    For the past two weeks I have been experiencing exactly what is described here. I am miserable. I tried Benedryl after the first few days but had to stop it because I am seeing the allergy doctor tomorrow. I have been keeping a journal of my food, when my worst outbreaks occur, etc. I have considered stress because my type A personality lends itself to that; however, I have been a lot more stressed than I am now, so I am puzzled as to why it is happening now. I have found that when the itching begins, I apply an ice pack to the area and it helps reduce the amount of scratching. Of course it's temporary and sometimes it itches so much you can't help but scratch, but it has given me some relief. Just curious if anyone else has used either of these two medicines, ones I used briefly a few weeks ago given to me by the dermatologist for other reasons: Bacitracin and Solaraze. Even if these are the culprits, I haven't used them for a week or more. Wouldn't that be out of my system by now?
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    Mohiba K Tareen, MD responded:
    Dear Tired,

    You are brilliant and correct-- when the skin senses cold, it is very difficult to detect itch at the same time. I often suggest ice packs or even putting OTC or prescription cream in the refrigerator and applying it cold.

    Bacitracin can lead to an allergy in about 5% of patients. Solaraze helps remove precancer spots and can be irritating.

    Definitely stop both of them (as you have) and try 1% hydrocortisone ointment, as well as your ice packs. Please keep us updated.

    I hope that helps:)

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