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Is there anything I can do to help treat eczema, besides applying topical steroids medications?

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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Maritza Baez
Dr. Maritza Baez
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Dr. Javier Chinen
Pediatrics - Allergy & Asthma

In brief: Petrolleum jelly

Keeping the skin moist is one of the most important measures.
Both ointments and lotions can do this, ointments are more effective, but less friendly to caregivers. Since about half of the children with eczema have an associated food allergy, it is helpful to watch if exacerbations are related to particular foods.

In brief: Petrolleum jelly

Keeping the skin moist is one of the most important measures.
Both ointments and lotions can do this, ointments are more effective, but less friendly to caregivers. Since about half of the children with eczema have an associated food allergy, it is helpful to watch if exacerbations are related to particular foods.
Dr. Javier Chinen
Dr. Javier Chinen
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Dr. Manav Singla
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Inhibit Calcineurin

There is another group of topical drugs that are not steroids, and are very effective for eczema.
These are called calcineurin inhibitors and include protopic® and elidel®. These medications are safe for use on the face as well as on the rest of the body. They should be used sparingly on affected areas only. They sometimes burn a bit; refrigerating helps. Let your doc explain the fda warning.

In brief: Inhibit Calcineurin

There is another group of topical drugs that are not steroids, and are very effective for eczema.
These are called calcineurin inhibitors and include protopic® and elidel®. These medications are safe for use on the face as well as on the rest of the body. They should be used sparingly on affected areas only. They sometimes burn a bit; refrigerating helps. Let your doc explain the fda warning.
Dr. Manav Singla
Dr. Manav Singla
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