Caladryl is an anti-allergic cream used to soothe and treat skin disorders occurring due to allergic response. The medicine acts due to its capability to control the levels of histamine.
Histamine is responsible for development of itching, irritation, swelling, redness and other responses commonly observed during allergy. Reduction of histamine levels leads to a reduced allergic response automatically.
Caladryl is composed of Camphor, Calamine and Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride. Camphor and Calamine have a cooling and soothing effect on the skin and thus help in reducing the irritation. Calamine also helps in controlling the itch associated with allergic reactions. Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride is an anti-histaminic which exerts the actual anti-allergic action.
Caladryl can be used individually or as part of treatment for skin disorders. Some of the health conditions which respond well to Caladryl have been mentioned below:
Caladryl should be used only when prescribed by a physician. Every skin disorder does not respond to Caladryl. If used when the medication is not indicated, there could be repercussions. Read the section below to know more about these repercussions.
Caladryl when used without indications or in the wrong way can lead to the following side effects. These side effects may also be observed if people who are hypersensitive to Caladryl, use the medicine.
Apart from these, if patients feel any other side effects after applying Caladryl lotion, they should stop using it immediately and inform a doctor.
Some important things should be remembered by those using Caladryl regularly. These things help in maximizing the therapeutic effect of Caladryl and reduce the chances of developing harmful effects over one's health. Some of these things are mentioned below:
The following lotion has therapeutic effects similar to Caladryl. If the physician sees fit, it could be used as a substitute to Caladryl.