The first line of treatment is to apply a strong (prescription-only) steroid cream or ointment such as fluticasone (Cutivate lotion) several times a day. For severe cases an oral corticosteroid, such as prednisone or prednisolone (Pediapred, Orapred, Flo-Pred) may be necessary to control itching. Oral antihistamines tend to be less effective but they can be useful in helping to get a good nights sleep. In particular antidiphenhydramine (Benadryl, Diphenhist, Allerdryl) has a soothing sedative effect and is also effective in treating pruritus (itching) resulting from histamines released during inflammatory reactions.
How Long Does It Take To Go?
Unfortunately delivery does not usually cure the problem overnight - on average it takes 4 to 6 weeks for the rash to clear up (the recovery period is independent of delivery, in other words, delivery doesn't appear to affect the duration of the disease). You will need to continue treatment until it resolves. If you need to take medications into the postpartum period, talk to your doctor about potential adverse effects with breastfeeding.
Self Help Remedies
In addition to steroids, other things you can do to relieve itching include:
• Avoid hot showers and baths, instead take cool baths. Add an oatmeal bath preparation to your baths to soothe your skin (available in most drugstores).
• Put cool, wet compresses on itchy areas.
• Wear light cotton clothing.
• Avoid going out in the hottest part of the day as this can intensify itching.
Hi, I loved this(your) post about Dandelions! But, I am writing for my beloved Aussie Shepherd, Johnny. 3 weeks ago he was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure and when I got him to the Vet, he could barely walk and his gums were blue. My Vet put him on Lasix 50mg and 3 times a day and told me that he may, have a couple of months to live, if I were lucky!
I researched for hours and days on ways to save my best friend and discovered Dandelion, which by the way, my yard is covered in!
Anyway, I have Johnny on a raw meat diet with bones, the vitamins he needs and I am working on taking him off of the Lasix, which will eventually lead to Kidney Failure. I am of course slowly replacing the lasix with All Dandelion.
My question is, how much is too much for him? I have been giving him about 5 small fresh leaves twice a day and still have Johnny on two lasix a day, because of his cough. I bought a juicer and plan on juicing the leafs, but I don't know how many to juice? I want to juice more and not give him lasix at all, but I want to make sure that I juice enough or not too much? He weighs 65 pounds, and by the way is already doing much better and so am I from eating it too! :)
Oh, and I am thinking on juicing 1 cup of the leafs and twice and day, but I am not sure if that is enough?
Sincerely and thank you, Penny.