Stops itching. Topical Analgesic, Skin Protectant. For the temporary relief of itching and pain associated with insect bites, minor skin irritations and rashes due to poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac. Dries the oozing and weeping of poison ivy, … see full wiki
If you have eczema - bypass the Benadryl Itch Relief Stick
Mar 21, 2006
Pros: slim, portable design, good for adults and children
Cons: cannot see when contents are low or empty
The Bottom Line: For a bothersome itch this stick does not really provide extra strength. For minor irritations it is okay, but if you have eczema skip this one.
It is that time of year again to start stocking up on itch relief supplies to combat eczema. I have already started placing tubes of various creams inside the door of my refrigerator. There is nothing like the feel of cold cream on an itchy rash to stop the itch instantly.
I switched insurance companies a few months ago with the result being a payment I must make on all my prescriptions. I have yet to find out if the Elidel will be five dollars like the other prescriptions and if this company would even cover it. I much prefer creams over ointments, even though each Dermatologist I have seen in the last ten years states ointments are better. But in my opinion none of these Dermatologists suffers with eczema, so I go with my own personal opinion. The feeling of sticky ointment on my skin is not pleasing and trying to sleep with that on your legs or hands is not the way to nod off.
For on the go relief I carry Cortisone 10 in my purse and the Benadryl Itch Relief Stick is kept in my makeup bag that goes into my pocketbook. In my kitchen cabinet I have the Cortaid Spray along with many other creams and ointments. Last year I found the Cortaid Roll On Stick and hope to acquire it in the coming days utilizing an online search. In the meantime I make do with what I have, use cotton gloves at night when I feel a scratch fest in the works, take anti itch pills to knock me out when I can remember and have ten hours to sleep.
In my opinion the Benadryl Itch Relief Stick could be better, but since it is not marketed to relieve itching for eczema it was a gamble to begin with when making the purchase. Unlike similar products this has a stamped expiration date, mine is good until 11/2005. This is marked on the box as well as a label on the stick.
I was hopeful since this is touted as being Extra Strength and claims to work on insect bites, minor skin irritations, burns, scrapes and poison ivy, oak and sumac. Besides being a skin protectant this is also a topical analgesic with active ingredients for each purpose. Diphenhydramine HCI 2% is the topical analgesic and zine acetate 0.1% is the skin protectant.
I am allergic to lanolin, which is an ingredient found in some anti-itch products, even though many eczema sufferers cannot tolerate this ingredient, otherwise known as animal fat. The inactive ingredients found in the Benadryl Itch Relief Stick are alcohol, glycerin, povidone, purified water and tromethamine.
It is mentioned to consult first with a Physician before using the Benadryl Itch Relief Stick on rashes associated with both measles and chicken pox. This can be used by children over the age of two and not more than 3-4 times daily for any person. The stick is slim and can fit inside a pant or shirt pocket. Measuring just five inches long with a twist off cap that produces a gray sponge like tip. Press the tip to feel the contents and notice the wetness to your finger. This is how it goes on, not really in a stroke manner but more of a push down and dab on the affected area.
The Benadryl Itch Relief Stick is not recommended for large portions of your body, so a rash that takes up half your leg or arm would not be suitable for this stick. You can press the tip until you feel the liquid being released. In order to know how much product is left inside the stick you can shake the stick to hear the movement.
This is a flammable product, so keep it away from grills and no smoking when applying it to your skin or another person's infected area. Please also note that while the Benadryl Itch Relief Stick is being used you cannot administer any other product on the skin or orally that also contains Diphenhydramine. This is a good reminder of why it is so important to know the ingredients in the skin care products being used in your household and what role these ingredients play in regard to your health.
I have found the perfect area on my skin that I can use the Benadryl Itch Relief Stick for and get okay results. This being the rash that appears on my wrist from wearing various watches and sweating while at the gym. Lots of times using creams on an area makes it feel so good that I scratch it all off and have to start over again. This is why I made the purchase of the Benadryl Itch Relief Stick, to avoid having to reapply a cream and to not have to wash my hands after applying.
So far though the Cortaid Spray wins in the no mess category for my inflamed rashes due to eczema and weather changes. A few dabs on my wrist does help stop the itch momentarily and helps me endure wearing a watch until I no longer need to wear one and can remove it for the afternoon. I have not used the Benadryl Itch Relief Stick on my face and would not attempt to do so. I keep this around just in case I need to use it for my children. The Cortaid Roll On stick is better suited for that use as well since you can just roll it on to an unsuspecting child before they realize what you are up to.
The Benadryl Itch Relief Stick does not burn when in contact with my skin, it just takes a few dabs to get it to work at all and not really good at providing long term benefits at controlling the itch associated with eczema.