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What is the best ways to reduce eczema and/or dry skin?

What is the best ways to reduce eczema and/or dry skin?

See your doctor: Eczema responds to prescription therapy as well as using over the counter sarna and eucerin eczema cream. Stay hydrated and know recurrent rashes flare under stress. Increase your coping abilities and learn problem solving skills. ...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 is the difference between eczema and just dry skin?

What is the difference between eczema and just dry skin?

Atopic dermatitis: Check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/eczema/basics/definition/con-20032073 for info on eczema aka atopic dermatitis which is a condition leading to red itchy skin which may or may not be dry. Check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dry-skin/basics/causes/con-20030009 for info on (not so) common causes of dry skin like hot water, harsh soaps, sun exposure, etc. ...Read more

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Are there any differences between having dry skin and eczema?

Are there any differences between having dry skin and eczema?

Yes: Eczema is a form of hereditary dry skin that waxes and wanes and is more prominent in childhood. It is usually accompanied by cradle cap in infants and severe itching. Eczema has a particular pattern in the skin and it changes as you age, and mostly resolves in adolescence. People with eczema tend to have allergic problems. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is the best ways to reduce eczema and/or dry skin?

Can you tell me what is the best ways to reduce eczema and/or dry skin?

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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Do I have dry skin or eczema? My body tends to get dry easily. Why is that? And how can I make it better?

Do I have dry skin or eczema? My body tends to get dry easily. Why is that? And how can I make it better?

Doc needs to examine: Many skin conditions are difficult to diagnose without being seen. Some preventive measures: take warm showers (hot ones strip natural oils; baths do likewise); moisturize immediately after shower; if in sun or wind, moisturize & use sunblock; avoid strong soaps/body washes. ...Read more

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What are the differences between dry skin and eczema skin?

What are the differences between dry skin and eczema skin?

Different in degree: Dry skin just dry and flaky. It becomes "eczema" when it's itchy, red, oozy, crusted, blistering, swollen, etc. ...Read more

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Baby has dry skin and patchy spots of dryness in places on his head and body. Is this eczema? How should I treat?

Baby has dry skin and patchy spots of dryness in places on his head and body. Is this eczema? How should I treat?

Mgt: Your baby may have eczema. This can usually be managed by using Eucerin cream a few times a day to the affected areas. I would suggest avoiding long baths and a moisturizer prior to bedtime. Watch for any signs of foods as a possible trigger. ...Read more

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I have always had dry skin and suffered from eczema, but here recently I have had some spots pop up that are concerning me.

I have always had dry skin and suffered from eczema, but here recently I have had some spots pop up that are concerning me.

See Derm: If you are concerned, then best for you to see the Dermatologist skin Dr. to get the lesions evaluated, so you know for sure what they are and if they need to be treated in any way. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What to do if I have very dry skin and eczema, what helps to get rid of it?

What to do if I have very dry skin and eczema, what helps to get rid of it?

Good Skin Hygiene: Avoid long hot showers and harsh and drying cleansers. Apply fragrance-free moisturizer like Vanicream. 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) at night, phototherapy, and chlorine baths if more severe. ...Read more

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Having dry skin and eczema for years hav tried many medications it keeps coming back ?

Having dry skin and eczema for years hav tried many medications it keeps coming back ?

Try pangea organics: I recommend the discovery kit for dry skin for only $34 and free shipping until labor day. The high antioxidant content found in these certified organic botanical products (not dangerous chemicals) supports collagen retention, helps stimulate micro-circulation, gently purifies, brightens skin tone and helps prevent discoloration and moisture loss. http://bit.ly/146axow. ...Read more

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Can you tell me a good lotion for dry skin. With no fragrance, that is good for eczema?

Can you tell me a good lotion for dry skin. With no fragrance, that is good for eczema?

See a doctor: Over the counter sarna and eucerin eczema cream are good until you see your doctor. There are many instructions to learn and prescriptions available for this condition. Remember flare ups occur under stress and coping skills and problem solving abilities help greatly with contolling this problem. ...Read more

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My partner has eczema . Now he has discovered whit dry skin on his penis . Could this b the same?

DERMATITIS: You can try putting your cream on the genitals, if persistent see your md. It can be something else. ...Read more

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What brands of over-the-counter creams are most helpful, or most recommended by doctors, for dry skin eczema?

Ceramide creams: The molecular defect in eczema skin is in the proper generation of barriers. Ceramides are found to be deficient in eczema skin. In addition to topical steroids, i generally recommend applying a ceramide containing cream (cerave or cetaphil restoraderm) first, and then 'seal' it on top with a more moisturizing lotion such as eucerin original lotion, or aquaphor if you are very dry. ...Read more

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Eczema runs in family & I have problems with dry skin on whole body. The skin on my face peels easy but Not itchy at all. Can it be eczema still?

Eczema runs in family & I have problems with dry skin on whole body. The skin on my face peels easy but Not itchy at all. Can it be eczema still?

Not yet,however,: ypu should get in the habit of moisturizing day and night.Avoid using hot water whatsoever,as this is very drying.Eczema and allergy is related,so reduce your allergy exposure,if known. ...Read more

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Are there any home remedies to cure severe eczema and dry skin on palms? I would like to try other methods before considering to take steroids. Thanks

Are there any home remedies to cure severe eczema and dry skin on palms? I would like to try other methods before considering to take steroids. Thanks

Home remedies eczema: Essential fatty acids, like fish and seed oils can help with eczema. Topical application of non prescription moisturizers can help as well. Try moisturizer followed by occlusive dressing , like cellophane wrap, at bedtime for a few nights. ...Read more

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I squirt water on myself becos i don't perspire much. Would d evaporation dry up my skin? I moisturise everyday but i've dry skin due to eczema. Thank you!

I squirt water on myself becos i don't perspire much. Would d evaporation dry up my skin? I moisturise everyday but i've dry skin due to eczema. Thank you!

Water dries skin: Water actually dries out the skin. Eczema is a dry skin condition. You need to moisturizer frequently with creams and ointment (lotions are less moisturizing) such as cetaphil, cerave, aquaphor, vaseline. Avoid washing in hot water and avoid drying soaps. Use moisturizing cleansers without fragrance. ...Read more

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How should I treat my eczema dry skin right next to my eye?

How should I treat my eczema dry skin right next to my eye?

Carefully: Eczema treatment depends partly on how bad it is, where it is, and how long it has been going on. People with mild eczema (that started recently) of the eyelids or near the eyelids usually benefit from over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream for a few days to a week or so. To avoid long-term hydrocortisone use on the eyelids, dermatologists have some non-cortisone creams (Protopic and Elidel). ...Read more

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Dry skin and bumps on lower thighs general itchiness all over also suffer from. Eczema?

Dry skin and bumps on lower thighs general  itchiness all over also suffer from. Eczema?

Part of the disease: Eczema is a general term. You don't describe the bumps; when limited to the lower legs, there are some specific diseases. Generalized itching get be the result of allergy to environmental allergens, contact allergens (jewelry, cosmetics), irritation by shaving or other methods of hair removal. Less frequently, some systemic diseases. Without more information, i can't be more specific. ...Read more

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Bad eczema and really bad dry skin, what do you recommend for lotions? That won't sting when I use it?

Bad eczema and really bad dry skin, what do you recommend for lotions? That won't sting when I use it?

Eczema: Use eucerin, cerave, vanicream, or plain vaseline, the greasier the better. You need to do it regularly and it will stop stinging in a few days once your skin is hydrated. Wrap the affected skin over night with gauze to keep the moisturizer in direct contact with the skin for better effects. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Deshidrotic Eczema (Definition)

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