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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

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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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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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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?

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?

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

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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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