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What is a good solution for eczema?

What is a good solution for eczema?

Good Skin Hygiene: Avoid long hot showers and harsh and drying cleansers. Apply fragrance-free moisturizer like Vanicream, Cetaphil or Eucerin. Use at least twice a day. For eczema flares, apply prescription strength corticosteroid ointments to problem areas twice a day until clear. Wet dressings (wet wraps) with Aquaphor at night and chlorine baths if more severe.

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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Can any doc tell me what's the best solution for eczema?

Can any doc tell me what's the best solution for eczema?

Good Skin Hygiene: Quick daily showers (10-15min) in lukewarm water while avoiding harsh and drying cleansers. Pat away excess water and immediately apply fragrance-free moisturizer like Vanicream. Use at least twice a day. Only treatment for eczema flares is prescription strength corticosteroid ointments. Wet dressings (wet wraps) at night with Aquaphor and chlorine baths if severe.

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What to do if I have eczema and i need some solutions?

What to do if I have eczema and i need some solutions?

Good Skin Care: Depends on what you have tried. Good skin care (moisturization), hydration with lots of water intake, get allergy testing. Check out the national Eczema organization website.

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My 9 months old son has eczema, what is the best solution for me to use on him?

My 9 months old son has eczema, what is the best solution for me to use on him?

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 several times daily, even when the rash isn't there. If doing this doesn't help enough, please see his doctor for additional management.

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Son with eczema. He constantly scratches and cries. I've tried cortisone, curel, petroleum, wet wraps, etc. Need a new solution.

Son with eczema. He constantly scratches and cries. I've tried cortisone, curel, petroleum, wet wraps, etc. Need a new solution.

Try These:: Ask your doctor about tacrolimus (brand name Protopic) and pimecrolimus (brand-name: Elidel). They're new and probably worth a try. Expensive (about $1.25 a capsule). Hopefully you've been prescribed a steroid stronger than cortisone. Some mothers have found that topical Benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream helps somewhat. Also think if something in the diet is making things worse (food allergy) or the environment.

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I have been reading about topical steroid addiction/steroid induced eczema - what are your thoughts on the condition, and if believed, best solution?

I have been reading about topical steroid addiction/steroid induced eczema - what are your thoughts on the condition, and if believed, best solution?

Tapering off steroid: This has been a challenging problem for several years. Prolonged use of topical steroids leads to erythema and some atrophy of the skin. This leads to an ever increasing strength of the topical to control it which makes it worse. Gradual tapering off the topical steroids and sometimes patch testing for possible allergy is warranted.

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What's eczema?

What's eczema?

Chronic Inflammation: Eczema is a chronic inflammatory skin condition. Seems to due to genetic defects in the proteins and lipids supporting the skin layer/barrier called the epidermis. Disruption of this barrier results in inflammation of the skin. You likely have a family history of this condition as it tends to be passed on genetically. Eczema can be mild, moderate or severe. See an allergist or dermatologist.

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What is eczema?

What is eczema?

Good article about: Atopic dermatitis http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/eczema/ds00986 associated with asthma and allergies also.

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What is eczema ?

What is eczema 
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Eczema: a detailed answer would take more than the allotted 400 characters via healthtap. Here is some detailed information from the National Eczema Association https://nationaleczema.org/eczema/

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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.

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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).

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How to cure eczema?

How to cure 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.

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How to cure eczema?

How to cure eczema?

HC cream; moisturize: To treat mild or moderate eczema, hydrocortisone 1% cream (a thin coat on the rash twice a day, for 5-10 days) is cheap, found at most stores and works well. A daily moisturizing cream (Cetaphil, CeraVe, Eucerin, etc.) used 2-4 times a day helps to heal eczema and to prevent return of the rash. One can avoid creams with lanolin, aloe, or fragrances if sensitive to the ingredients. Avoid soaps.

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How is eczema cured?

How is eczema cured?

Good Skin Hygiene: Eczema can get better over time or it can be a lifelong condition. Take good care of your skin and eczema should be kept under control. Avoid long hot showers, avoid harsh and drying cleansers. Apply fragrance-free moisturizer like Vanicream twice a day. For eczema flares, apply prescription strength corticosteroid ointments to problem areas twice a day until clear. See Allergist for more details.

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Is eczema hereditary?

Is eczema hereditary?

Sometimes: Eczema is in the same group of conditions as allergies and asthma, and can run in families the way they do. It can occur without a family history, though. Also, similar rashes can be caused by contact with irritants or certain metals if you're allergic to them. Use sensitive skin cleanser, avoid bathing in very hot water, and use sensitive skin lotion at least 3 times daily.See your doc if you need.

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Is eczema heriditary?

Is eczema heriditary?

Partially: Eczema has a definite hereditary component. Children of parents with a history of allergic diseases such as eczema, hay fever, and asthma are at higher risk of developing asthma. However, eczema can occur in families where there is no history of allergies or eczema.

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Eczema and probities?

Eczema and probities?

Autoimmune Paleo: The best way to improve eczema is by stopping inflammation causing grains, lentils, potatoes based items. Avoid milk protein since it causes inflammation Healthy foods: fish, meats, vegetables, avocados, some saturated fat (butter, coconut oil), olive oil are very effective. Probonix probiotic and vitD3 10k IU/day help reduce the inflammation as well. You should feel a difference in 1-4 months

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How to manage eczema?

How to manage eczema?

Moisturise: Eczema is a dry / itchy skin condition caused by impaired barrier function rendering the skin more sensitive. The mainstay of treatment is regular daily emollient / moisturiser to nourish the skin and improve its barrier function. Moisturise the whole body. Intermittent targeted use of corticosteroid ointment can be used for flare ups. Caution with soaps. www.dermnetnz.org/topics/atopic-eczema/

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