Drug Safety Update
Important safety information (for all Emollients)
The CSM has warned that these preparations make skin and surfaces slippery, therefore particular care is needed when bathing.
Pruritis may be caused by systemic disease (such as drug hypersensitivity, obstructive jaundice, endocrine disease and certain malignant diseases).
Topical antipruritic preparations are of unproven benefit. Dry skin is the commonest reason for generalised pruritis and usually responds to adequate emollients.
Topical antihistamines and local anaesthetics should not be used.
Calamine lotion is very drying and is not routinely recommended.
A short course of topical corticosteroid is appropriate for insect bites and stings and short-term treatment with a sedating antihistamine, may help in insect stings and intractable pruritus where sedation is desirable.