I suffer from eczema and it is something that can be fine for months and then all of a sudden when the cold weather comes, it just flares my skin up and dries it out. It is not the easiest to deal with at times and it can get me down and constantly buying prescription creams can take its toll on finances also. I decided when at Asda that I was going to try an over the counter cream to see if it would help as my normal prescription cream had run out and my eczema was making the itching unbearable and after looking at a few different creams, I decided to try out Eurax cream which states it helped with dry eczema.
This cream didn't instantly stand out to me when I was looking for different creams to buy, I was originally looking for hydrocortisone and then saw the bold blue Eurax text on the white box and the yellow band around it. In bold letters it says 'stops itching fast' and that it works for up to 0 hours. It has on the front of the box, a long list of different skin irritation things it deals with and it also says who can use it as well as health warnings and directions of use. Inside the box is a 30g tube of cream and it has a screw top lid and is easy to squeeze out of this tube, the expiry date is on the back of the tube.
With Eurax cream, it is a cream which is suitable for both adults and children but if using on children under 3, you may need to speak to a doctor first. This cream can be used to relieve itching on a number of things such as: itchy dermatitis, dry eczema, allergic rashes, hives, nettle rashes, chickenpox, insect bites & stings, heat rashes, sunburn and personal itching. The cream is meant to last for up to 10 hours and it is described as being a non-greasy, non-staining cream which I do completely agree with. The active ingredient in this cream is crotamiton and then there are a list of other ingredients.
Before using this, the packaging does list a few things which may be a problem before using. This cream should not be used in or around the eyes and not on broken skin on weeping skin conditions or if you are sensitive to any of the ingredients in this cream. It isn't recommended in pregnancy or if you are breastfeeding or suffering from general itching. This cream contains stearyl alcohol which may cause local skin reactions and methyl hydroxybenzoate which can cause allergic reactions. This cream may cause occasional skin irritation but if this occurs then speak to your doctor.
So, upon using this cream it is quite a thick white cream but is absorbed really quickly by the skin and is easy to rub in. It has a really distinct smell which is really nice, I almost pick up a lavender scent from it. It should be applied to the affected area 2-3 times a day and then it will relieve the area for 6 to 10 hours. I have to be honest, since using this I have found my itching has minimised and I haven't been feeling the need to itch since applying this cream, I know when the 6 hours are over though as I feel that annoying irritation start again. It makes the affected area look red and then tones it down.
As an over the counter cream option for eczema, it doesn't seem to be too bad. I have been trying to use this as well as aqueous to keep my skin moisturised at the same time. I think the fact that it calms down the urge to itch is great as it will let my skin heal if I stop itching which is what I want. I still have to buy other creams at the same time but calming down the need to itch is the main problem when having eczema. I like the smell of this and it isn't too expensive and I have been applying it three times a day and following the directions of use is definitely helping me out.
This cream can be purchased from all supermarkets and pharmacies. In Asda they have the 30g cream for £3 on rollback but normally it's £3.57 and the 100g cream is £5.47.
There is no official website for Eurax cream.
I first used Eurax Cream when it was prescribed for my daughter as a toddler. She suffered from allergies and contact dermatitis. However it was for the relief of Chickenpox that this was prescribed. We needed to stop the vicious circle of itch scratch itch - her scratching the rash inflaming it and making it sore and itchy again. So my GP prescribed a tube of Eurex.
I was told to apply twice a day to the infected area and that the Eurex should prevent the itchiness. I was also advised to return to the doctor after 3 days if the rash was worse or if there was no improvement. The leaflet enclosed in the packet advised to stop use immediately if inflammation or a rash (in our case worsening) occurred. It also advises not to apply to broken skin. Kind of difficult in out circumstances, so trusting my GP I carefully applied it wherever there was a rash, even if it was broken.
Eurex is supplied in predominantly white cardboard box with blue text and relief, there is an orange block for some reason, inside with the 100g tube is a leaflet with fairly straightforward basic information the gist of which is: "Eurax Cream for Relief of Itching Skin 100g - Stops itching fast. - Works for up to 10 hours. -A non-greasy, non-staining cream for the relief of itching and skin irritation." For the treatment of: "Itchy dermatitis, Dry eczema, Allergic rashes, Hives, nettle rashes, Chickenpox, Insect bites & stings, Heat rashes, Sunburn, Personal itching."
The cream itself is in a plastic tube with a plastic screw top, when you first use it the cream is reassuringly secured with a foil seal which needs removing prior to use.
I found the cream very easy to use and in common with this type of product only a very small amount is required. I squeezed a pea sized amount of the fairly thick white cream onto my finger and gently applied to the worst area with circular motions and applied to the individual pox with a dabbing motion. This seemed to worked very well and it did ease the itchiness quite quickly.
The rash improved no end once she was no longer scratching it and after three days started to heal quite well. The twice a day application was not quite enough and I notice the instructions and box state 10 hours or relief, so 12 hourly although an ideal system could leave 2 hours of itchiness. However, I just applied it when and where she found it itchy prior to the evening application and that did the trick.
I have since used it myself with quick success on allergic dermatitis and it a product I like to have in stock.
The cream has a slight fragrance reminiscent of spring garden flowers that try's to mask the also present slightly chemical aroma. However, don't let this put you off the fragrance is not strong and I have just squeezed a little and inhaled it right under my nose for the purpose of this review! In normal use the fragrance is barely discernible.
I used to have a horse with a pink muzzle and as well as applying sun block in the summer to prevent sunburn, she experienced a nasty rash after putting her nose somewhere she shouldn't have whilst after some tasty morsels in the hedge no doubt and had a rash. I found the Eurex a cost effective and very effective addition to my stable first aid kit after it quickly cleared up that initial problem and any other itchy occurrences thereafter.
Crotamiton anti pruritis.
Price & Availability:
When my daughter was young I was lucky enough to get on free prescription. Last time I bought a tube it cost me around £4.29 and a quick check on-line shows it available from Amazon at £5.02 per 100g with a RRP of £6.63. Widely available from pharmacies although you may need to ask for it. On from your GP on prescription for under 16's as well as Amazon apparently!
I am so pleased to have been introduced to this cream. As so little is required it is a cost effective itch relief cream that works really well on people and horses. I tend to prefer E45 cream for mild situations because it's lighter thinner cream is so easy to apply, however the Eurex is easy to use and I do not hesitate to recommend it.
I was first introduced to Eurax Cream when I returned from holiday and discovered that a mosquito bite on my leg had swelled to the size of a small boiled sweet. My local pharmacist recommended a tube of Eurax, which was available over the counter and even though I hadn't heard of this product before I was willing to give it a try on her recommendation.
The product is specifically designed to reduce the sensation of itchiness and it claims on the packaging to provide relief for up to 10 hours, which seemed like quite a bold claim. The Pharmacist told me that although my bite looked nasty it didn't actually look like it was infected so she suggested that I also took anti histamines too until the swelling started to go down.
I think I paid about £6 for a 50g tube of Eurax cream, but combined with the anti-histamines there wasn't much change out of a tenner. The cream is also available in smaller 30g tubes but I didn't realise this at the time.
The product comes in a tube packaged inside a predominantly white coloured rectangular cardboard box. The tube itself is quite small in comparison to its bulky box so once I'd noticed that the same instructions were displayed on the tube itself I quickly disposed of the packaging. The tube has a screw off cap that has a pointed end to it to enable the foil seal to be easily broken when you use it for the first time, so I was reassured to know that the cream was sterile.
Applying the cream was very easy and only a very tiny amount is required. Since I was only using the cream on a very small area of my skin I only needed to squeeze a tiny speck onto the end of my finger, before applying it to the affected part of my leg. The cream doesn't feel cold when you squeeze it onto your finger and there also isn't any cooling sensation when it touches the skin either, which I expected there to be. I purposely didn't rub all of the cream into my spot as I wanted to leave a bit of the cream to soak in.
According the instructions the cream shouldn't be applied to broken skin and this concerned me a bit since I'd scratched my spot repeatedly until the point where I had made it bleed. I hoped that the Pharmacist had noticed this so I decided to chance it but gritted my teeth in case the cream stung. I was surprised that it didn't but then that made we wonder just how effective this cream would be as psychologically the cooling, stinging sensation of applying similar creams usually reassures me that the product contains some useful active ingredients.
Despite there being no immediate obvious effects I did realise quite quickly that the itchiness of the spot had disappeared so it wasn't long before I was both impressed and pleased with my purchase. The itchiness quickly disappeared and I forget about my spot for probably 3 or 4 hours before it started to itch again, so I think the claims of up to 10 hours of relief are a little bit ambitious. The cream can however be applied up to 3 times a day so it wasn't a major concern to me.
The cream itself is white in colour and has a thicker more solid consistency to similar products like Savlon. It also only has a faint hint of a medicated whiff and in fact the cream is lightly perfumed to give it a floral smell. It also isn't greasy and absorbed into my skin very quickly.
I'd definitely recommend Eurax cream and it will be a permanent addition to my first aid cupboard. It can be used on a wide range range of skin complaints including heat rash and nettle stings.
A member of my family recently caught hand foot and mouth from her baby who attends a nursery. Its a highly infectious skin condition that comes for about a week, gives you a fever, and gives you red itchy small blotches on your hands and feet. It also gives you a sore throat. I then caught it when she came to stay. I used Eurax cream on my hands and feet to stop the itching so that my hands could recover quickly and not get scarred or infected from scratching.
The cream contains a lot of chemicals reading the label, you can apply it up to 3 times in a day, and it stops the itching for at least 6 hours. It can be bought off the shelf, I got it for £5 in Sainsburys for 100g. It comes in a tube or in a lotion. I have the tube that has a screw top lid and can be squeezed to get the cream out.
The cream is white and quite thick, its easy to apply to the itchy areas, which was mainly the underneath of my fingers and the edges of my feet and toes. Once applied you cant see the cream, it goes see through. You can put quite a lot on and it will disappear eventually. It has quite a strong smell to it, and this can be smelt hours after application.
It did make my hands quite dry, but then the chemist told me to put on E45 to help with the dryness. My hands no longer itch, and 3 days into my symptoms its working well together.
Luckily it should only last for a week, and I am able to do things now wearing thin cotton gloves. Before it was too itchy to even move them.
If you have any itchy skin anywhere then try this cream, it does come in a smaller tube as well if you need to take it with you on the go.
I'm reviewing EURAX cream for the relief of itching & rash problems.
The tube I have contains 100g and cost me £4.80 about two months ago.....so ought to be available in most places between £4.50 and £5.50.
It is also available in smaller 30g tubes.
It is recommended for the relief of itching and skin irritation caused by itchy dermatitis, dry eczema, allergic rashes, hives, nettle rash, chickenpox, insect bites & stings, heat rashes & sunburn.
It can be used 2-3 times a day and gives relief for between 6-10 hours.
Packaging. In a tube, with plastic cap fitted with a point for piercing the foil seal on the tube . Then in a box.
Why I bought it. Actually I normally used another cream for relief of itching issues which was effective enough,but it smelled rather nasty,very very medicated with other underlying unpleasant odours , So it wasn't great to use during the day and I wanted something a tad less in-your-face re smell. My chemist recommended this one and it is much better. Yes,there is a medicated smell off it,but it also has perfume added making it more suitable for use when you know it will be obvious to others round you.
I use it for any itching issues now. Insect bites & heat rash being the main offenders,but bear in mind it MUST NOT be used on broken skin.I've used it while I had a paper cut on the finger I was using to apply it & it stings badly. But for all other rashes it does a fine job & is very gentle.The pleasant perfume is more noticeable once it is applied to the skin.
Having said all that, my sister tried using it on her heat rash & found it less effective than the old cream she had been using. Yet it worked for her children's needs.....so I'm inclined to think it must react differently on different skins and for that reason I feel I can't give it the full 5 stars.
The ingredients are---- Crotamiton BP 10% w/w, Also contains: Methyl Hydroxybenzoate, Phenylethyl Alcohol, Glycerol, Triethanolamine, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate , Ethylene Glycol Monostearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Strong Ammonia Solution, Stearic Acid, Hard Paraffin, White Beeswax and Perfume.
Would I recommend it ? Yes. But try the small less expensive tube first in case you find it less effective for your needs.
My son went on holiday and came back with the worst sunburn ever. At first we used chamomile lotion which helped but being left with a white chalky residue isn't a good look for college. In the end I took him to the doctor who prescribed Eurax anti itching cream. I see in Tesco it's £5 for 100g or £3.50 for only 30g so makes more sense to buy the larger size as it works out less than half the price.
Eurax is for relief of itching and skin irritation caused by itchy dermatitis, dry eczema, allergic rashes, hives, nettle rash, chickenpox, insect bites & stings, heat rashes, sunburn, personal itching. The ingredients are- Active Ingredient: Crotamiton BP 10% w/w, Also contains: Methyl Hydroxybenzoate, Phenylethyl Alcohol, Glycerol, Triethanolamine, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate , Ethylene Glycol Monostearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Strong Ammonia Solution, Stearic Acid, Hard Paraffin, White Beeswax and Perfume.
The box is white and has lot's of information printed on, the tube too is white, metal with a screw top. The directions are to rub into the area 2-3 times aday, and do not use on broken or weeping skin conditions. Eurax can be used on children but for only once aday and the doctor should be consulted for use on the under three's. The claim is that it will relieve itching for 6 to 10 hours. The cream itself is white and smells of lavender so not unpleasant.
We've all had a go with the cream, it's very handy to have in. My son applied a good blob on his sunburnt skin, it's quite greasy but quickly absorbs leaving no visible residue just a very slight layer, it doesn't come off on clothes or anything. For this review I've just applied some on my arm and can confirm there isn't much on my skin. His itching was really calmed down long enough for him to sleep and it really helped with the heat rash. Applying during the day did help stop him scratching at himself but I have to say the 6 to 10 hours relief is not correct in our experience more like a couple of hours.
After walking in the snow in my wellies I got incredibly sore itchy toes (probably chilblains) especially at night, one night I was being driven mad so rubbed some Eurax on them. I have to say it was instantly cooling and did stop the itch long enough to sleep. My elbows have been suffering in this cold weather they're cracked, sore and itching. I applied Eurax to them too and although there was a initial sting on the raw area, once it had calmed down they did feel much better and quite moisturised.
Eurax doesn't irritate or burn unlike other anti itch creams I used in the past this doesn't burn or sting on application unless applied on the broken or red raw skin that has been scratched to death.
I would recommend Eurax for instant itching relief
When my son came down with chicken pox recently, I was advised by my mum to stay away from chamomile lotion as it only dries out the spots and makes them itchier. Instead, she advised me to try Eurax, as she uses it for insect bites and stings (she has very bad allergies to most bites) and absolutely swears by it. So, when the first pox appeared, I bought a 30g tube from my local Tesco for £3.50, just to give it a go.
The box states that it works to relieve itching for 6-10 hours and that you can apply it 2-3 times a day. It also mentions that it is for use on chicken pox (as well as a myriad of other skin conditions, such as itchy dermatitis, dry eczema, allergic rash, nettle stings and insect bites) which was reassuring in our case as I wanted a product specifically designed for dealing with the pox. The cream is thick and white, and has no really strong smell about it, just a faint, clean scent. I applied it liberally to my son's chicken pox, and it was absorbed into the skin fairly rapidly, which was helpful, as since I made him stand around with no clothes on to avoid rubbing it off, he wasn't chilly for too long. While I don't have personal experience of the effectiveness of this cream to relieve itching, I can say that it helped my son no end. When he woke in the night, unable to sleep because of the itching, I simply applied this cream and within five minutes, he was off to sleep again. I used it on him in the morning, before bed and once during the night for about four days. I definitely noticed the difference, as without Eurax, he complained about being itchy and kept rubbing his face and back on the carpets to relieve it. With the cream applied, he was able to play quite happily (aside from feeling generally unwell.) While the cream doesn't heal the chicken pox, the fact that he didn't have the urge to scratch meant the outbreak was less vicious and prolonged than it could have been. I'm confident that he won't have given himself any scars through scratching at the spots (which is something I did when I was little.)
The 30g tube ran out after about three days of applying it to all his spots, so we bought the 100g tube for £5.00, again in Tesco (which works out at better value). Our other two sons have so far managed to avoid the chicken pox, though it's only a matter of time before they come down with it too, and I'm sure Eurax will be as successful for them as it was for their brother. This cream is simply a must for any family dealing with the dreaded pox!
Update: Since I wrote this review, my other two sons have also come down with the chicken pox, one of whom is a bit of a drama queen and a difficult patient. And even on him, Eurax appears to be easing his itching within five to ten minutes of being applied - I would heartily recommend it!
For the past couple of weeks now I've been itching crazy. My little kitten Myrtle had a couple of fleas and a couple of friends of mine are having a similar issues too. Course Myrtle and my home have been treated for fleas but in the meantime I was scratching terrible as I was so itchy with very sore, angry flea bites all over my body.
A mate of mine told me to get this and try it out as it works for her and her family but when she popped out and she came with a tube of this for me which was very kind of her!
This comes in a white, oblong box and on two sides of it we are told that it is Eurax Cream 'Stops itching fast' and that it works for up to 10 hours and the size is stated and then we are given a list of all the itchy irritations that it can help with (Itchy Dermatitis, Dry Eczema, Allergic Rashes, Hives, Nettle Rashes, Chickenpox, Insect Bites & Stings, Heat Rashes, Sunburn and Personal Itching) and finally the size of the product is stated which in this case is 30g. Other information listed on the box includes being told how to use it, ingredients and warnings are given and contact details for the manufacturer are listed. The tube is white and squeezy and with a small cap to one end of it and most of the same information makes an appearance on the tube as it does the box.
To use this thick white cream you simply take a very small amount of it and you can apply it 2-3 times a day every 6-10 hours if you want to. It has a really nice fragrance to it to my nostrils and smells to me delicately of flowers which is just a really fresh, clean smell really and once applied this sinks into the skin quickly although slightly greasy on application which makes a little of it go a very long way indeed. Like I say though its quick to dry to into the skin leaving no feeling or appearance of residue on at all behind itself.
This is actually a really helpful product to have in the medicine cabinet. I can't say that this really cures itching for me but it certainly helps it subside, and fast too and yep it helps me for a rather a few hours too, 6 hours tops mind you but its easy enough to reapply and cooling when popped on for a few minutes to so its actually really nice to put on and instantly soothing.
This cost my mate just shy of £3.00 in Boots for my tube and I do think that although it doesn't cure my problem it is the best at helping me to feel better and works better than anything else such as Savlon and Sudocrem that I have tried on the bites.
Available in all good supermarkets and chemists.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I have recently come down with heat rash, and was finding it VERY annoying itching everywhere! I called at the 24/7 tesco to call and pick a tube up and luckily it was on offer! Because it was late I couldn't get the one with a hydrocortisone in it - however after using it from the first time I found it fantastic!
The product --> This comes in a white tube, in a light blue and white box. It can be brought in either 30g or 100g, and it isn't too expensive either. I got the 30g, and because it goes on quite thinly it doesn't use too much either! The cream itself is white, but then you know when it has all been rubbed in!
I found that it worked within the day I used it, which is good because I really was itching everywhere! It also helps to treat far more annoying itches/allergies, which include:
chickenpox, dry eczema, allergic reactions, insect bites and stings and also heat rash! It is also safe for sensitive skin (like mine).
Cost --> For a 30g tube expect it to cost anything between £2.85 - £4, it varies everywhere! The 100g is also varied, from £5.80 - £7! So it's worth looking around. However, for fast relief from itching I would recommend it!
It is suitable for adults and children over 3 years old, which is great if your young ones get an itchy insect bite, it also doesn't smell bad either!
Although I have suffered from sensitive dry skin with regular bouts of itchy eczema since early childhood, I had never been prescribed or even heard of Eurax anti-itching cream until very recently. In fact, I stumbled across it by chance, thanks to a review on Dooyoo! Days after first hearing about the existence of this cream, I overheard a friend (who is also a qualified nurse) advising another friend to try Eurax for an area of skin that had suddenly developed a 'prickly heat' type itching. Hearing these different recommendations was enough for me to go out and buy a tube from a local pharmacy, hoping that this would be just the thing to soothe my oldest son's latest eczema outbreak (as the children seem to have inherited my skin conditions.)
As I have recently discovered, Eurax is a very versatile cream which is available with or without prescription and can help to relieve itching caused by a number of sources. Amongst the uses listed on the packaging are dermatitis, sunburn, allergic rashes and chickenpox to name just a few of many. I bought this primarily to soothe eczema on my and my son's skin as he often scratches his skin so violently that he draws blood. Anything that could help to relieve his itching and discomfort has to be worth a try.
I bought this in a 30g tube from Lloyds pharmacy where it cost over £4, so this isn't a particularly cheap product but worth every penny if it helped to alleviate itching as it claims. The cream itself is a fairly thick white substance which is easy to rub in. It has a very mild fragrance which I struggled to identify before deciding that it is somewhere between the lavender scent of Sudocrem and the artificial rose fragrance of hair removal cream! Thankfully, the smell isn't particularly pungent and doesn't linger on the skin overly long.
I hoped this cream would alleviate our constant itching and scratching as Eurax does state that it can soothe itching caused by 'dry eczema.' I wasn't totally sure exactly what was meant by 'dry' eczema but assumed it meant eczema that wasn't openly weeping as this can be a sign of infection. There is more information in small writing on the back of the packaging that states this should indeed not be used on 'weeping skin conditions.' Unfortunately, it also states that it should not be applied to broken skin. To me, this limits its usefulness slightly as scratching at our dry skin invariably produces broken skin as the rash forms. I was slightly disappointed that this product was not going to be the answer to my prayers as I wasn't going to be able to apply this in the places where I intended to. To be fair, this is clearly indicated on the exterior of the product (albeit in small print on the back) rather than hidden away in an instruction leaflet inside so I should really have paid more attention to this before buying it.
I have had to modify my use of this cream to avoid coming into contact with broken skin. (I have inadvertently got some on some broken skin between my fingers and it really does sting so I'd certainly recommend heeding the warnings!) Rather than using this on areas where I or my son already have a rash, I've used this as a preventative measure on certain areas which are prone to itching and, consequently, rashes. I use this as part of the bedtime routine for my eight year old son if he appears to be itching and rub the cream in the area where he is itching before he has change to bring out the actual rash.
My son can be a little contrary and insists that the Eurax doesn't actually make any difference to his itching. I think it does has some limited effect and seems to stop the rashes from spreading so presumably he is scratching less in the areas where this is applied. (He tends to scratch mostly in his sleep and will wake up with dry, bleeding patches particularly on the backs of his legs.) If I'm proactive and apply this to areas where he has just started to scratch, it does help to stop the eczema flaring up.
I have used this cream on my own skin to a lesser extent, limited as I am due to my dry, broken skin. I do find that the cream helps to relieve the sensation of itching. I expected to feel a sort of numbing sensation but in actual fact I don't feel anything - especially not the itching, which is great. The only disappointment is that I can't apply it in the areas where the itching and irritation is at its worst.
I've recently discovered that Eurax is also available in combination with Hydrocortisone and I intend to try that as I feel that would be more suitable for our skin condition. I'd certainly recommend the original Eurax formula for other itchy skin complaints as I can confirm that it does actually alleviate itching and provides almost instant relief, it's just a pity that I'm not able to use it where I need it most!
About 6 months ago I stood on a wasp while wearing only socks, and got a nasty sting. I react spectacularly to mosquito bites but I soon realised it wasn't specific to just these, as one of my toes swelled up beyond belief. The next day I was in work and could barely walk as that one toe was now fatter than all others and so taking all the pressure, so decided to take advantage of working in a hospital, and popped into Occupational Health to see if they could give me anything. The nurse has a look and happily doled out some antihistamines, plus a tube of Eurax. It's not a product I'd noticed before, but I'm now a fan.
Eurax comes with the promise that it 'Stops itching fast' and 'works for up to 10 hours'. I am terrible at scratching. Sometimes I only have to look at a bite or sting to feel it start itching and my hand will automatically drift down so I can attack it with my nails. Aside from the obvious disadvantage of scarring from repeating scratching, it is downright dangerous when you're in some countries. I ended up on antibiotics for an infected mosquito bite in Mexico where I'd scratched the hell out of it and then had a shower...not the best idea when the water isn't clean. Here the water in my shower is verging on orange some of the time, so I really try to avoid getting broken skin wet. I use this cream to stop the itch which stops the need to scratch which stops me tearing open my skin. Perfect.
I have tried various creams in the past, and most work to a certain extent. To be honest, part of it is psychosomatic so butter would probably work if it came in a nice medicinal tube baring great promises. The only thing is, after an hour or so most stop working so I need to reapply (or scratch!) Eurax really does deliver on its promise of long lasting relief, and I've found that if I apply it in the morning I can get through a day at work without feeling itchy, which is a real bonus.
The cream is white, has a faint floral scent to it (like Evening Primrose) and is thick. You only need a small bit for a bite and it rubs in easily leaving just a thin layer of shine on the skin's surface. I try not to rub all this in, as I fear I will instead rub it away onto my hands. The cream is not cold, but is cooling once applied which also helps take away the itch immediately and really makes me skin feel less angry if I have been scratching. I think the tube is insulated in some way as the cream never gets hot, even when I've had it in my bag all day. (There is a direction to 'protect from heat' on the pack but I assume this means don't put it on the stove, rather than don't carry it around on a sunny day).
Once applied, any itching goes away immediately, though again this may be all in my mind. Either way, the urge to itch reduces and soon I can forget that I am covered in bites and get on with my day, instead. Occasionally I will scratch over night and wake up with a cut but this cream doesn't sting when applied to broken skin, so I just dab some on and continue. It doesn't feel like anything when you apply it even normally - no tingling sensation and certainly no warmth. It feels neutral and mild, and if you didn't know better you'd think it wasn't going to work.
The cream comes in a tube in a box, but I binned the latter soon after getting this. A great thing about this tube is that it is really thick and rigid, much more so than Savlon or generic antiseptic creams. This makes is easy to carry round in your handbag if you're having an itchy day, as it won't get too squashed and isn't likely to puncture. All the instructions from the box are on the tube too, in case you need to refer to them again in the future.
I don't have a chronic skin condition, I just get bitten a lot, but whenever I do I know I can rely on Eurax to take away the itch and stop the scratch. Perfect. It made me see the point in having a cream specifically aimed at reducing itching with ingredients to match, and not just using a cream with generic antiseptic properties. It might have a specific, narrow purpose, but it lasts a long time and is a worthy addition to a first aid kit, especially when travelling. I find it more effective than bite-relief creams too, though they are designed only for that cause of itching, and this one has a wider remit including:
nettle rash (hives), sunburn, allergies, miliaria (prickly heat), senile, genital and anal pruritis, infestation with head, body or pubic lice. Nice!
Interestingly, Eurax appears to be prescription only in the USA:
but happily it's over the counter in the UK.
Boots currently have this for sale at £3.69 for a 30g tube. A larger version is also available, as is the same product in lotion form.
A couple of years back i had a nasty rash that was irritatingly itchy, and after having visited the doctors i was prescribed this cream to use.
after putting it on i noticed that what it says on the box was exactly correct! The itching stopped fast and soon enough the rash was gone. I went on to use this cream on other rashes and the same result happened, leading to me experimenting on other problems i had. I even tried using it on spots and miraculously it worked, but i was young so Eurax was probably not the cure, just a coincidence as the spots would have gone anyway.
Having been impressed with this cream my family started to use it on things such as bites and stings, and again it worked, until eventually it had all been used up.
It is also easy to take around with you, as it is not too big, but it also contains quite a lot of cream, so you are getting good value for money when you buy the cream, even though it does cost quite a bit, varying from around £3.50 for a 30g tube, to almost £7 for a 100g tube. This does however depend on where you are buying the product form, as smaller drug companies usually sell it cheaper than larger ones, such as Boots.
I haven't come round to buying another one yet as i thought that it was only a prescription cream, but having seen it on an advert the other day on tv, i will now be going out to buy it again.
I suffer from a skin condition called urticaria which means my body produces an allergy type rash but needs no allergy to break out in this rash. I take a combination of 3 different antihistamines every day which largely keeps the condition under control but when my skin does break out in blotches it is intensely itchy and as much as I know that scratching is bad I can't help it and there have also been times when I have scratched myself badly leading to broken skin which is unsightly and can lead to infection too. A cream which I use to help to keep the itching under control is Eurax.
Eurax contains the active ingredient crotamiton which is effective at reducing itching and can also be used to kill the scabies mite. This active ingredient makes up 10% of Eurax cream, the rest is a base which consists of various ingredients including beeswax, ammonia, liquid paraffin and perfume.
Eurax is a thick white cream which is almost odourless. There are warnings that it may stain clothing but despite getting it onto fabric it has always washed off. When I am itchy I apply a fairly thick layer, the cream is fairly hard to rub in and leaves a white layer on the surface of my skin which soaks in after a minute or so. I have used the cream on my whole body and am also happy to use it on my face, in fact tonight I ended up putting some on my ears because they are blotchy!
I find that Eurax is very effective at relieving my symptoms when they are fairly mild. When I first apply the cream it is horrible, the act of rubbing the cream in makes the itch go crazy and it takes a real effort to not scratch. This intense itching normally subsides really quickly and the cream takes effect straight away and it does work for the advertised 12 hours. When my symptoms are really severe then I end up applying Eurax several times over a few hours and it only takes the worst of the itching away for a short time before I end up applying more cream. I have really sensitive skin and Eurax has never caused any kind of adverse reaction, the only thing I don't like about it is that it can leave a greasy film on my skin. It is not a cure for rashes and does not claim to treat the underlying condition just help to relieve the symptoms.
I get Eurax in 100g tubes on prescription and go through a lot of these tubes, a 100g tube might be enough to treat a whole body surface three or four times. The smaller 30g tube is available over the counter from pharmacies and costs £3.99 so you can see that using a lot of the cream could end up expensive. It is recommended for things like insect bites or chicken pox.
Eurax is a good cream for use with itchy skin conditions and helps me cope with my urticaria. As always discuss your own needs with a pharmacist or doctor and don't rely solely on an unqualified stranger on the internet for medical advice.
Eurax cream is a non greasy cream which is designed to stop itching and skin irritation caused by dermatitis, eczema, allergic rashes, hives, nettle rash, chickenpox, insect bites, stings, heat rash and sun burn.
You apply this cream directly to the effected skin two to three times a day and is supposed to give relief for 6 to 10 hours.
I brought this cream on recomendation by my pharmacist when my daughter had chicken pox back in april this year to use on her blisters to stop them itching, After applying the cream to the blisters the itching stopped very quickly which was a relief but the skin around the blisters became very sore and inflamed, this continued through 3 days of using this cream so we stopped using it as it was actually making her skin worse.
Not wanting to waste the cream my husband began using it for his dermatitus as i couldnt use it on my skin at the time due to it not being suitable for use during pregnancy. He applied this to his hands twice a day and in a week his skin had cleared up briliantly, it had relieved all the itching and had taken away all the irritation.
I have since used this cream on my dry eczema and it does stop the itching but doesnt do anything to clear up the irritation for me so it is a good cream if it works for you but it isnt right for me.
I also find this cream very difficult to apply to large areas of skin as it is very thick and hard to rub over a large area.
Eurax does exactly what it says on the box, it stops itching fast. I am a bit of a hands-on gardener, and this can include getting stung to bits by nettles. Now the stinging sensation is unpleasant, but the itching that follows it can be truly unbearable. Eurax acts swiftly to eliminate the itching, or at the very least to reduce it to a level that is easy to put up with without being too conscious of it.
I also use it on any itchy insect bites as I find it far more effective in reducing the infuriating itching that they can cause me, verging on an allergic reaction at times, than the many insect bite relief creams, lotions and so on that I have tried.
It is a non greasy cream that is easy to apply, it doesn't smell strong or unpleasant, all of which make it pleasant and easy to use. It has a permanent place in my medicine cabinet, which isn't very large, and a tube of Eurax always accompanies me on holiday.
Crotamiton belongs to a group of medicines which relieve itching (pruritis). Itching can be caused by physical irritation or chemical changes in the skin caused by disease, allergy, inflammation, side-effects of drugs, or reaction to irritant substances. It is a common symptom of skin disorders e.g. ezcema.