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What is the treatment for eczema?
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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
7 doctors agree
In brief: Trap water in skin
Eczema is a disorder not a disease.
There are probably many causes. Defects in skin maturation & immunological over-reaction play significant roles. Most of my patients respond to bathing for 15 minutes daily in warm water. Use cetaphil or cerave instead of soap. Apply calcineurin inhibitors or corticosteroids to hot spots on skin. With creams or ointments (not lotions) moisturize, moisturize, etc.

In brief: Trap water in skin
Eczema is a disorder not a disease.
There are probably many causes. Defects in skin maturation & immunological over-reaction play significant roles. Most of my patients respond to bathing for 15 minutes daily in warm water. Use cetaphil or cerave instead of soap. Apply calcineurin inhibitors or corticosteroids to hot spots on skin. With creams or ointments (not lotions) moisturize, moisturize, etc.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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7 doctors agree
In brief: 1. Moisturize;
A number of factors combine to cause eczema, which at the bottom is abnormal sensitivity of skin to drying out, so moisturizing with creams or lotions, and avoiding harsh or irritating soaps, is important.
Finding out what he child is allergic to, and decreasing bacterial colonization of the skin, are also helpful. In some children, gloves or upper-body swaddling may avoid scratching.

In brief: 1. Moisturize;
A number of factors combine to cause eczema, which at the bottom is abnormal sensitivity of skin to drying out, so moisturizing with creams or lotions, and avoiding harsh or irritating soaps, is important.
Finding out what he child is allergic to, and decreasing bacterial colonization of the skin, are also helpful. In some children, gloves or upper-body swaddling may avoid scratching.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. Vicki Levine
it may also be necessary to use at least temporarily a cortisone topical ointment to help improve the skin
Dr. Zoey Goore
Controlling the itch is also very important. Eczema is known as the itch that rashes. Very important to control the itch. Also many experts do not recommend allergy testing to determine the cause of eczema unless the parent notices a specific relationship (for example: when I feed Johnny bananas his eczema gets a lot worse). Here's a link to great info: eczemacenter.org/familyresources.htm
Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics
6 doctors agree
In brief: TLC & Moisture
Eczema is caused when normal skin is irritated, most often by an allergy.
The allergy could be environmental (something touching the skin) or an internal allergy to a food or inhaled allergy. Try to avoid the cause and then mositurize-moisturize. Don't bathe to often, and when you do, use a moisturizing body wash. Many baby soaps are very drying to skin, so use only something that moisturizes!

In brief: TLC & Moisture
Eczema is caused when normal skin is irritated, most often by an allergy.
The allergy could be environmental (something touching the skin) or an internal allergy to a food or inhaled allergy. Try to avoid the cause and then mositurize-moisturize. Don't bathe to often, and when you do, use a moisturizing body wash. Many baby soaps are very drying to skin, so use only something that moisturizes!
Dr. Holly Maes
Dr. Holly Maes
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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine
2 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. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Probiotics
Probiotic supplements (good bacteria that help the body stay strong) have been shown to be very helpful.
Make sure the soap you use is moisturizing, and when you bathe the baby, cover him/her with moisturizer as soon as they are out of the tub. If none of this works, consult your doctor for allergy testing.

In brief: Probiotics
Probiotic supplements (good bacteria that help the body stay strong) have been shown to be very helpful.
Make sure the soap you use is moisturizing, and when you bathe the baby, cover him/her with moisturizer as soon as they are out of the tub. If none of this works, consult your doctor for allergy testing.
Dr. Bryan Levey
Dr. Bryan Levey
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
In brief: Creams
The first treatment for eczema is moisturizing creams (as often as needed).
If that is not enough, then over-the-counter Hydrocortisone cream for a few days, is the next treatment. A parent should notify the doctor if Hydrocortisone cream is being used on a baby.

In brief: Creams
The first treatment for eczema is moisturizing creams (as often as needed).
If that is not enough, then over-the-counter Hydrocortisone cream for a few days, is the next treatment. A parent should notify the doctor if Hydrocortisone cream is being used on a baby.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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