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How can I treat eczema?

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Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatrics - Allergy & Asthma
7 doctors agree

In brief: Moisturizers

Moisturizers are the mainstay of ezcema treatment.
For stubborn spots doctors often prescribe steroid creams. If eczema is caused or aggravated by allergy, then removal of the offending agent is important too. For more moderate eczema, we recommend soaking in water till the child wrinkles, then pat dry and immediately apply a moisturizer. This can be done several times daily or weekly.

In brief: Moisturizers

Moisturizers are the mainstay of ezcema treatment.
For stubborn spots doctors often prescribe steroid creams. If eczema is caused or aggravated by allergy, then removal of the offending agent is important too. For more moderate eczema, we recommend soaking in water till the child wrinkles, then pat dry and immediately apply a moisturizer. This can be done several times daily or weekly.
Dr. Arthur Torre
Dr. Arthur Torre
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Dr. Gregg Alexander
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Lube, Lube, Lube!

Use a good moisturizing soap such as dove or caress, do short baths, pat dry (don't rub), apply a good moisturizer immediately after & use the moisturizer 3 times a day (or more.
) certain laundry detergents & dryer sheets may make it worse. Also, 100% cotton for all clothes, bed clothes, bed linens, blankets, etc. Is less likely than wool, polyester, or blends to cause irritation. Doc may offer rx.

In brief: Lube, Lube, Lube!

Use a good moisturizing soap such as dove or caress, do short baths, pat dry (don't rub), apply a good moisturizer immediately after & use the moisturizer 3 times a day (or more.
) certain laundry detergents & dryer sheets may make it worse. Also, 100% cotton for all clothes, bed clothes, bed linens, blankets, etc. Is less likely than wool, polyester, or blends to cause irritation. Doc may offer rx.
Dr. Gregg Alexander
Dr. Gregg Alexander
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Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Emollients

A combination of liberal emollient use and antihistamines to control itching may be sufficient for mild eczema.
Good emollients include plain vasoline, aquaphor, cerave, eucerin, or cetaphil. Antihistamines such as non-sedating zyrtec, claritin, or Allegra can help itching, or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Atarax at night can help. For moderate to severe eczema, prescription steroid ointments may be necessary.

In brief: Emollients

A combination of liberal emollient use and antihistamines to control itching may be sufficient for mild eczema.
Good emollients include plain vasoline, aquaphor, cerave, eucerin, or cetaphil. Antihistamines such as non-sedating zyrtec, claritin, or Allegra can help itching, or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Atarax at night can help. For moderate to severe eczema, prescription steroid ointments may be necessary.
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine

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. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics

In brief: Emolliants

Start with a good greasy hand cream like vaseline or aquaphore or eucerin.
This needs to be applied 4 times daily. Any rash that does not respond should be treated with prescription steroid ointment. Any infection on the skin needs to be treated with prescription antibiotics.

In brief: Emolliants

Start with a good greasy hand cream like vaseline or aquaphore or eucerin.
This needs to be applied 4 times daily. Any rash that does not respond should be treated with prescription steroid ointment. Any infection on the skin needs to be treated with prescription antibiotics.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: Wash less; use cream

Eczema can be treated by increasing the moisture in the skin, by using creams such as cerave or cetaphil.
Hydrocortisone 1% cream is over-the-counter, and can be used twice a day for 4-5 days. If the eczema is not better by then, a doctor needs to look at the rash. If the rash is better, then the Hydrocortisone can be used once a day for 2-3 days, and then stopped. Avoid over-washing the skin.

In brief: Wash less; use cream

Eczema can be treated by increasing the moisture in the skin, by using creams such as cerave or cetaphil.
Hydrocortisone 1% cream is over-the-counter, and can be used twice a day for 4-5 days. If the eczema is not better by then, a doctor needs to look at the rash. If the rash is better, then the Hydrocortisone can be used once a day for 2-3 days, and then stopped. Avoid over-washing the skin.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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