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Bad Eczema On Face
Good Skin Hygiene: Apply fragrance-free moisturizer like Vanicream 1-2 times per day. For eczema flares apply prescription strength corticosteroid ointments to problem areas twice a day until clear (low dose for face, higher dose to body). Wet dressings (wet wraps) at night with Aquaphor, phototherapy, and chlorine baths 2-3 times per week if eczema is more severe. See Allergist for more details. ...Read more
I have severe eczema on my body but have a cream to control it. My eczema is bad on my face and anything I use burns. How do I stop the burning?
Severe eczema: There are pills that can help and certain types of light treatments that help. See a derm. ...Read more
Since october i've had a bad eczema breakout on the sides of my face. I use all hypoallergenic products, except my foundation which i've used for over 2 years with no problems. What could it be from?
Foundation: Try no makeup until the ras clears, and then see what products bring it out. It may be that any product causes eczema for you. The 2 year delay in the initiation of symptoms has no relevance, you can develop a hypersensitivity to a product at any time in its use. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Please help my one year old has eczema on his face and is scratching it so bad when i put creams on it the doctors have given he just keeps scratching?
Short term-: Short term add an oral antihistamine such as Diphenhydramine (benadryl) or Hydroxyzine (atatrax) to deal with the itching immediately. But long term if he is having that much symptoms despite the topical treatments doctor has given, it's time to see a dermatologist to determine a stronger course of action and possibly an allergist to find out what the little guy is allergic to! ...Read more
I cleansed eczema on my face with an alcohol wipe then applied betamathasone 0.05% to reddened areas. Just want my skin to clear up already. Bad idea?
Moisturize!: If you have eczema, you must keep your skin moist. Anything that dries your skin will irritate it more (alcohol wipes are included here). Most dermatologists recommend inert emollients, such as vaseline. Strong steroids, such as betamethasone, need close monitoring and direction by a physician, particularly on the face where desonide is usually preferred. ...Read more
My Baby is 2 and a half and has really bad eczema on her arms, neck, and now her face. Can I apply benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream to help with the itching?
No do not use: benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream.. Get some aveeno oatmeal bath packets and put her in the bathtub with one of these packets dissolved to soothe the itch. They should help a lot. You can also use 1% hydrocortisone cream twice a day on lesions. These may help a bit. See her Dr. for something stronger. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Encourage Rx: Hopefully he's under treatment, perhaps with a glucocorticoid and/or topical tacrolimus and/or something else. He is likely to be self-conscious about it. It's not infectious or a danger to you. Say stuff like, 'Your skin must be painful, you are so tough'. Don't hesitate to touch the lesions, and offer to put his medication on. Read up and perhaps you can find an evidence-based new Rx. ...Read more