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Eczema
Skin Dermatology
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Eczema does not have to control your life. While the symptoms are sometimes unpleasant, try the following tips to reduce their impact on your life. First, avoid perfumed detergents and lotions. Second, make sure that you are only wearing clothes made out of cotton. Fabrics like wool or synthetics like rayon could worsen your eczema. Choose natural products, for instance makeup without dyes. By following these tips, you can avoid irritating your skin.



If you are experiencing redness, look at all of your skincare products. It is best to choose skin care products with as few ingredients as possible. If your skin is sensitive, more ingredients may make things worse. The product might actually increase your redness. It may even cause you to break out.



Non-drug treatments for eczema include:


Mild soap and moisturizer. It's best to use a mild soap or soap substitute that won't dry your skin. Gentle soaps, known as syndets, are available at the drugstore (brand names can be recommended by your doctor or pharmacist). A good moisturizer (in cream, lotion, or ointment form) helps conserve the skin's natural moisture and should be applied immediately after a shower or bath, as well as one other time each day. Some people with severe eczema may benefit from taking baths with a small amount of bleach added to the water. The bleach helps to kill bacteria that live on the skin of people with eczema.

Short, warm showers. People with eczema should avoid taking very hot or very long showers or baths, which can dry out your skin. • Reduce stress. Take steps to reduce stress. Get regular exercise and set aside time to relax.



Medications and other treatments for eczema include:


Hydrocortisone. Over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream or ointment may help mild eczema. Prescription steroid cream may be needed for more severe eczema.

Antihistamines. Oral antihistamines such as Benadryl are available over-the-counter and may help relieve symptoms. Some of these cause drowsiness, which may be of benefit if nighttime itching is a problem. There are also non-drowsy antihistamines.

Corticosteroids. If other treatments fail, your doctor may prescribe oral corticosteroids. Always follow your doctor's directions when taking oral steroids.

Ultraviolet light therapy. People with very severe eczema may benefit from therapy using ultraviolet light.

Immunosupressants. Drugs that suppress the immune system may also be an option. These medicines, such as cyclosporine, azathioprine, or methotrexate, may be used when other treatments have failed.

Immunomodulators. This type of medicated cream helps treat eczema by controlling inflammation and reducing the immune system reactions. Examples include Elidel and Protopic.

Prescription-strength moisturizers. These replace the barrier of the skin. Examples iclude Hylatopic Plus, Mimyx, and Epiceram