a. Symptomatic. Many forms of treatment are available for disorders of the skin. Frequently, treatment is instituted merely to relieve the distressing symptoms and may have no effect on the course of the disease. The antipruritic (anti-itch) medications are of this type. Both lotions and powders are used and are effective in a fair percentage of cases. Systemic antipruritics are not very effective but are of some use in systemic diseases that have itching at some stage. Antihistamines are used primarily in allergic reactions, and they are extremely effective in relieving the itching as well as in suppressing the skin lesions.
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