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Best Eczema Program
The term eczema is broadly applied to a range of persistent skin conditions prominent symptoms include dryness and recurring skin rashes that are characterized by one or more of these symptoms: redness, skin edema (swelling), itching, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, or bleeding. The cause of eczema is unknown but is presumed to be a combination of ...Read more
Please see below.: Eczema is in the same family of conditions as allergies and asthma. It can't be cured but usually can be controlled. It is best managed by using a sensitive skin cleanser, avoiding bathing in very hot water, and using a sensitive skin lotion at least 3 times daily, even when the rash isn't there. If doing this plus Hydrocortisone 1% ointment twice daily isn't enough, please see the doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Treat & Prevent: With all respect to the first responder, ultra-potent topical steroids are unnecessary in all but the most recalcitrant cases, in my experience. My basic approach to eczema treatment is to find the cause, which is usually there if you look for it. If eliminating the cause is impossible, medium-strength topical steroids and other treatments achieve control in most cases. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Depends on the : Severity of eczema.All of them need to be treated with prescription topical steroids.Some may need antibiotics as the skin become infected from scratching so much .Some do need combination of two strong topical steroids to control it.Use moisturising creams , skin cleansers instead of soap, avoid using warm water , take some antihistamine for itching, see md or dermatologist if severe. ...Read more
Yes: Your primary problem is likely a very porous skin allowing you to become allergic to allergens through skin contact. Applying a good moisturizer (ulactin, cerave) immediately after bathing would be the first step. You should consult your allergist if the problem is a very bothersome one. ...Read more
Vanicream: I really like Vanicream but Cetaphil and Eucerin are all good options. In addition avoid long hot showers and harsh and drying cleansers like Ivory, Irish Spring, or Lever 2000. Apply fragrance-free moisturizer like Vanicream immediately after shower to damp skin. For break-through itch Sarna lotion can be added. Topical steroid ointments are prescribed depending on severity of eczema flare. ...Read more
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