How to Treat Eczema Effectively
How to Treat Eczema Effectively
by Kim Archer
Eczema is a term that encompasses several inflamed skin conditions, and atopic dermatitis is the most common type. Since it's affected by various external factors, atopic dermatitis is an intermittent condition. The symptoms associated with eczema are dry and reddened areas of the skin that itch, and it can occur wherever there is skin. Some eczema sufferers experience red, scaly patches on their skin, while others may have oozing sores.
Preventative care, such as keeping the skin moist with lotions, better stress management, and remaining in an environment of constant temperature and humidity, can help the sufferer to avoid an outbreak. Environmental allergens such as molds, mites, pollens and animals dander should also be avoided. If you have allergies to certain foods, cleaning products, or solvents, you should try to avoid coming into contact with these substances. Above all, to treat eczema effectively, do not give in to the compulsion to scratch the inflamed areas. You can help the treatment process by not wearing clothing that is scratchy, too tight, or coarse in texture. Avoid strenuous exercise during a flare up as anything causing sweating may further irritate the rashes.
If the eczema does not subside with the application of a moisturizer and cold compresses, then a non-prescription corticosteroid ointment may be needed for further reduction of the inflammation. If non-prescription corticosteroids don't seem to be working, then there are potent prescription corticosteroids ointments available, however as a side-effect they may cause thinning of one's skin. Avoid foods like watermelons, oranges, and papayas and salad vegetables such as radish and cucumbers. For a homemade remedy, dissolve three to four teaspoons of turmeric in boiling water, let it cool to room temperature, and use the solution to bathe the involved areas.
Skin affected by eczema may become infected, and can be treated by oral or topical antibiotics to kill bacteria that cause infection. Phototherapy and tar treatments are also commonly used, however, tar can be quite messy and phototherapy requires the use of special equipment. Other plausible alternatives to these treatments are sunbaths and steam baths which have been known to kill the bacteria and other pathogens responsible for the rashes.
The FDA has approved tacrolimus and pimecrolimus for topical treatment of atopic dermatitis. In addition to pharmaceutical treatments, it is also essential to make some lifestyle changes. However, treatments should be well researched since optimal treatment of the condition depends on one's age, overall health, and the severity of their condition.
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Eczema is a condition that encompasses a wide range of skin ailments, from dyshidrotic to nummular eczema. It reveals itself through a number of different symptoms, such as flaky red patches on the skin that are unbearably itchy. To find out how to identity and deal with eczema, visit the Eczema Treatment site.
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