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Treatments for eczema?

Treatments for eczema?

Steroid creams: Eczema is an inflammatory condition of the skin that is in the allergy-family of reactions. Most commonly, eczema is treated with topical steroid creams or ointments, starting at the milder strengths and working our way up as needed. See your doctor to confirm the diagnosis and to discuss a treatment plan. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
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Atopic Dermatitis (Definition)

A range of persistent skin conditions that 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


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What are some common symptoms of eczema and how often do you see it as an allergist? Also what are the treatment techniques and the cure rate of this?

What are some common symptoms of eczema and how often do you see it as an allergist? Also what are the treatment techniques and the cure rate of this?

ECZEMA SYMPTOMS: ECZEMA IS A COMMON ITCHY RASH OFTEN IN THE BENDS OF THE ELBOWS AND THE BENDS OF THE KNEES.
IT OFTEN RUNS IN FAMILIES AND GETS WORSE IN COLDER CLIMATES AND DURING STRESSFUL SITUATIONS.
ALLERGISTS AND DERMATOLOGISTS USUALLY TAKE CARE OF THIS DISORDER. ...Read more

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Eczema (Tip)

It helps to keep your skin moisturized with a fragrance free product when you have eczema. ...See more

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Managing Eczema (Checklist)

Decrease bathing to every other day
every other day
Use a mild/sensitive skin soap
once
Moisturize frequently
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How does eczema spread and does it always?

How does eczema spread and does it always?

It does not spread: Eczema is genetic and highly variable. It is not an infection, it is not contagious. It is not an allergy. We know a great deal about how to control it. Vigorous, prolonged scratching may result in wider involvement (koebner phenomenon). Usually it is itchy and dry. See a dermatologist for help. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of eczema?

What are the symptoms of eczema?

Itchy rash: So much of the diagnosis depends on the location, duration and "itchiness" of the rash. Eczema is universally itchy and it has a predilection for certain areas of the body--arms, legs, neck and eyelids (there are many exceptions to this rule). It also has a characteristic appearance. ...Read more

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Eczema (Tip)

Long hot showers and non-moisturizing soaps can worsen eczema. ...See more

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How does eczema spread and does it always?

It does not spread: Eczema is genetic and highly variable. It is not an infection, it is not contagious. It is not an allergy. We know a great deal about how to control it. Vigorous, prolonged scratching may result in wider involvement (koebner phenomenon). Usually it is itchy and dry. See a dermatologist for help. ...Read more

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Can eczema be a symptom of pregnancy?

Can eczema be a symptom of pregnancy?

No: There are specific skin conditions exclusive to pregnancy, but it is an obvious pregnancy first. ...Read more

Dr. Keshab Paudel Dr. Paudel
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Eczema (Tip)

If you have eczema, you know how itchy and painful it is. But lifestyle changes can go a long way. ...See more

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What are the symptoms of eczema?

Itchy rash: So much of the diagnosis depends on the location, duration and "itchiness" of the rash. Eczema is universally itchy and it has a predilection for certain areas of the body--arms, legs, neck and eyelids (there are many exceptions to this rule). It also has a characteristic appearance. ...Read more

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10yr old has had corticosteroid 3x day for signs of eczema? Being monitored is this a concern if it's been mth. Patchy spots pink itchy is it ezcema?

10yr old has had corticosteroid 3x day for signs of eczema? Being monitored is this a concern if it's been mth. Patchy spots pink itchy is it ezcema?

Go to a different DR: Preferably a dermatologist. Immediately. Beware of Prednisone for eczema. If used at all, the entire dose must be in AM, never 2 days in a row. Not more than 10 or 20mg. Dosing 3x a day will cause side effects which are serious. You can give my name. I am easy to find. ...Read more

Dr. Ryan Phasouk Dr. Phasouk
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Eczema (Tip)

Many people who suffer from eczema also may have asthma. ...See more

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My doctor diagnosed me with eczema, but he just looked at my skin through this magnifier, is that a correct diagnosis?

My doctor diagnosed me with eczema, but he just looked at my skin through this magnifier, is that a correct diagnosis?

Often is: The various forms of eczema are often diagnosed based on the history you provide a doctor and the appearance of your skins. It is less common that it requires skin scraping and/or biopsies. Sometimes if the diagnosis is more uncertain these tests and/or laboratory (blood testing) may be completed, but again, this is uncommon for eczema. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What can I do for my baby's eczema?

What can I do for my baby's eczema?

Emollients: A combination of liberal emollient use and antihistamines to control itching may be sufficient for mild eczema. Good emollients include plain vasoline, aquaphor, cerave, eucerin, or cetaphil. Antihistamines such as non-sedating zyrtec, claritin, or Allegra can help itching, or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Atarax at night can help. For moderate to severe eczema, prescription steroid ointments may be necessary. ...Read more

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Skin test for eczema needed for elder care - how do I go about this?

Skin test for eczema needed for elder care - how do I go about this?

Eczema & Allergy: There are 2 types of dermatitis or eczema caused by allergy - contact dermatitis and atopic dermatitis. Contact dermatitis is like the rash you get with poison ivy and testing consists of a number of patches that are worn for 48 - 72 hours. Atopic dermatitis can be caused by food allergy and testing is done by skin prick with a drop of each suspected food and left on for 20 minutes. ...Read more

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How do they do allergen tests for eczema?

How do they do allergen tests for eczema?

Eczema & Allergy: There are 2 types of dermatitis or eczema caused by allergy - contact dermatitis and atopic dermatitis. Contact dermatitis is like the rash you get with poison ivy and testing consists of a number of patches that are worn for 48 - 72 hours. Atopic dermatitis can be caused by food allergy and testing is done by skin prick with a drop of each suspected food and left on for 20 minutes. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have eczema?

How do you know if you have eczema?

Eczema: Eczema is an itching skin disease. It presents usually with red, scaly, itchy patches. ...Read more

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What causes eczema?

What causes eczema?

Born with tendency.: Eczema is in the same family of conditions as allergies and asthma;someone with eczema has skin that's overly sensitive to dryness and irritation. 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. ...Read more

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My doc says I've got eczema. What does this mean?

My doc says I've got eczema. What does this mean?

What is eczema: Eczema is a diagnosis of a chronic, recurrent, itchy skin rash that can be caused by several factors. Care of the skin and use of anti-inflammatory creams can usually control the symptoms. Allergies can sometimes be the cause, particularly in children. Consultation with an allergist or dermatologist might be helpful. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat eczema?

Topical steroids.: Depends on the type of eczema. Moisturizers and topical steroids are most commonly used. Antibiotics may be needed periodically. Immunosuppressives for severe refractory cases. ...Read more

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How is eczema treated?

How is eczema treated?

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 more

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What is a proven method for treating eczema?

What is a proven method for treating eczema?

Moisturing Cream!: I would recommend using mild soaps for bathing, dove is the best. Generous application of a moisturizing cream is extremely important. I like cetaphil cream the best. Not lotion, the cream! This should be applied after showering when skin is still moist, and then twice daily as well. Otc antihistamines like zyrtec (cetirizine) can help with the itching. For flares, you may need a prescription cream also. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for eczema?

What is the treatment for eczema?

Trap water in skin: Eczema is a disorder not a disease. There are probably many causes. Defects in skin maturation & immunological over-reaction play significant roles. Most of my patients respond to bathing for 15 minutes daily in warm water. Use cetaphil or cerave instead of soap. Apply calcineurin inhibitors or corticosteroids to hot spots on skin. With creams or ointments (not lotions) moisturize, moisturize, etc. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for eczema?

What are the treatments for eczema?

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 more

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How to cure eczema?

How to cure eczema?

No cure, treatable: There is no cure for eczema but atopic conditions such as eczema or asthma can be easily treated with a good regimen, and with steroids with flareups.
(www. Chrisohmd. Com). ...Read more

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How to get rid of eczema?

How to get rid of eczema?

No real cure: Although there is no real cure, proper moisturizing, topical steroids (triamcinolone, hydrocortisone, etc) and avoiding offending chemicals (alcohol-containing products, drying soaps, etc) can all help. ...Read more

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What is, in your opinion, the most effective medication/drug in treating eczema? What other nonpharmacological tips can you give on treating eczema?

Eczema treatment: Eczema is a disease of skin inflammation and infection. There are also many triggers for its flare like allergies, stress, infections and micronutrient deficiency. The best way to treat it is to avoid irritant like soap, moisturize your skin frequently and apply topical anti-inflammatory medication like cortisone cream or ointment. You might need antibiotic when there is signs of infection. ...Read more

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Is there tablets for serious eczema?

Is there tablets for serious eczema?

Steroids: Oral Prednisone in low to intermediate doses may be helpful in controlling resistant eczema. ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo
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Deshidrotic Eczema (Definition)

A condition in which tiny, fluid-filled blisters appear on the palms and fingers. ...Read more


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