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do i have to take steroids to get over my eczema flare-up?

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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care 38 years experience
Depends on severity: Eczema is an inflammatory condition of the skin. Steroids suppress inflammation. If topical steroids, such as Hydrocortisone cream, reduce the eruption then oral steroid therapy is not needed. If however the topical agents fail to control the inflammation then sometimes oral steroids will resolve the flare-up.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
See a dermatologist: Sometimes a few doses of prednisone------20mg alternate days for 3or 4 doses------is very useful to get you out of a crisis. Meanwhile you wil need long term basic management. Notice you can get a 16oz jar of triamcinolone cream or ointment for about $30.

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What can I do for my baby's eczema?

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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Moisturize!: The most important treatment for eczema is to increase moisture of the skin (...All day long!) you will probably find your baby's diaper area is the least (if at all) affected area of the body- the urine in the diaper does this naturally. If you have already been doing this, over-the-counter hydrocortizone on the dry, red patches a couple of times a day for up to a week should calm things down.
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What are the treatments for eczema?

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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Moisterizers & meds: Good bath and moisturizing routines, topical medications for inflammation, and anti-itching medication.
A 24-year-old member asked:

Can my detergent give my family eczema?

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Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Not technically: Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a hereditary inflammatory condition. It is associated with food & airborne allergies but there is no definite cause. Irritants such as fragrance in detergents can worsen itch & increase eczema, so many physicians recommend double rinsing clothes before wearing to wash away all detergents. Therefore, detergents can exacerbate eczema but won't directly cause it.
A 21-year-old member asked:

On which parts of my body can I get eczema?

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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care 38 years experience
Any area with skin: Eczema is a chronic inflammation of the skin. It tends to come and go, and affect different areas. The areas behind the knee and the inside of the elbow, areas called flexion creases, tend to be more often affected than other areas on the body.
A 24-year-old member asked:

Does eczema spread from one part of the body to another?

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Dr. Arthur Lavin
Pediatrics 42 years experience
Yes and no: The rash of eczema does not cause more rash, but the underlying attack of the immune system to one's skin, that is the heart of eczema, can attack any part of the skin and so it crops up all over, anywhere, appearing to spread.

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