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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?

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Dr. Manav Singla
Allergy and Immunology 23 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 30 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 17 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.

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A 30-year-old female asked:

Can multiple lipomas be treated safely w/ steroid injection. I have 50+ & don't want scars. I can live with most but many are large & uncomfortable.?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Not really: Steroid injections will not dissolve lipomas. If you have 50+ they may not be lipomas, some times subcutaneous neurofibromas look like lipomas, you should have biopsy of one lesion to establish diagnosis, these lesions run in families other alternative see a cosmatic surgeon, for possible removal like liposuction.
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Liposuction can be used to address lipomas, but there is a much higher risk of recurrence than with a surgically removed lipoma.
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