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What will happen if you squeeze patches on your skin from eczema?

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Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology
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In brief: Can make worse

Squeezing or scratching/rubbing the skin can cause the eczema to worsen and also cause post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation or discolorations and scarring.
Instead of squeezing, apply topical steroids or creams intended to distract the skin from itching (contain lidocaine, camphor, menthol) and take antihistamines.

In brief: Can make worse

Squeezing or scratching/rubbing the skin can cause the eczema to worsen and also cause post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation or discolorations and scarring.
Instead of squeezing, apply topical steroids or creams intended to distract the skin from itching (contain lidocaine, camphor, menthol) and take antihistamines.
Dr. M. Christine Lee
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Dr. Danica Schulte
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Worsening symptoms

Try not to manipulate your skin.
Further irritation will make your symptoms worse and possibly cause infection. Topical steroids or other medications and oral antihistamines may help relieve itching and control your symptoms. Moisturize your skin many times per day with hypoallergenic lotions/ointments to help relieve symptoms.

In brief: Worsening symptoms

Try not to manipulate your skin.
Further irritation will make your symptoms worse and possibly cause infection. Topical steroids or other medications and oral antihistamines may help relieve itching and control your symptoms. Moisturize your skin many times per day with hypoallergenic lotions/ointments to help relieve symptoms.
Dr. Danica Schulte
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