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A 30-year-old member asked:

Is there anything i can do to help treat eczema, besides applying topical steroids medications?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Manav Singla
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Inhibit Calcineurin: There is another group of topical drugs that are not steroids, and are very effective for eczema. These are called calcineurin inhibitors and include protopic® and elidel®. These medications are safe for use on the face as well as on the rest of the body. They should be used sparingly on affected areas only. They sometimes burn a bit; refrigerating helps. Let your doc explain the fda warning.
Dr. Javier Chinen
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 31 years experience
Petrolleum jelly: Keeping the skin moist is one of the most important measures. Both ointments and lotions can do this, ointments are more effective, but less friendly to caregivers. Since about half of the children with eczema have an associated food allergy, it is helpful to watch if exacerbations are related to particular foods.
Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Protect: Avoid things that make you break out, soaps & wetness. Wash your hands only when necessary. Wear gloves when needed. Wear clothes made of cotton. Bathe only with a small amount of mild unscented soap, such as dove. Keep the water temperature cool or warm, not hot. Use the medicine your doctor gave you. Use a plain moisturizer daily. Avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy area. Manage stress.
Last updated Nov 26, 2013

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