Expert Advice: Relieve Itching in Hot Weather - Consult Now!

Expert Advice: Relieve Itching in Hot Weather - Consult Now!
Published on, 04 June, 2024. Answered by Dr. Anna Chacon and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,

I've been experiencing itching in hot environments and started taking cetirizine 10mg for relief. Should I keep using it? Also, what tests should I undergo to understand the cause? My condition improved today, which is on 16/10/2023, after using cetirizine for a week.






Answered by Dr. Anna Chacon


Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


I'm glad to hear that the cetirizine has provided some relief for you. It's essential to delve deeper into the underlying cause of your symptoms to ensure effective long-term management.

The itching you're experiencing in hot environments can stem from various reasons, such as heat rash, cholinergic urticaria (a type of hives triggered by heat), or even dry skin aggravated by heat. While cetirizine may alleviate your symptoms temporarily, it's crucial to identify if there's an underlying condition that needs attention.

If your itching returns once you stop taking cetirizine or if you notice additional symptoms like hives, rash, or difficulty breathing, it's advisable to undergo further evaluation, including skin or blood tests to check for allergies. Your healthcare provider can determine the specific tests based on your symptoms and medical history, which may include a Complete Blood Count (CBC), IgE levels, or specific allergen tests.

I must emphasize the importance of consulting with a healthcare professional before continuing any medication long-term. Self-medication can sometimes mask underlying conditions, leading to delayed diagnosis and treatment. Please remember that the advice provided here is general in nature, and individual circumstances may vary. For personalized and accurate information, it's best to consult with a healthcare provider.




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