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What can I do to relieve a skin rash associated with wearing a nicotine patch?

Answer

There are a few things you can try to avoid or relieve a skin rash caused by a nicotine patch:

  • Put the patch on a different area of your body to see if the symptoms persist.
  • Try another brand of patch; not all patches use the same adhesive.
  • Removing the 24-hour patch before bedtime also may help. You also might try a 16-hour product instead, since local skin reactions tend to occur more often in people using 24-hour patches.
  • To relieve the discomfort of the rash and help it go away, you can try using an over-the-counter 1% hydrocortisone cream, or talk to your doctor about prescribing 0.5 % triamcinolone cream.


If your symptoms persist, please consult your doctor about alternative quit-smoking methods, such as nicotine gum.

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