Treatments for Eczema

There is no known cure for eczema, but there are a variety of treatment options available to help alleviate the symptoms of eczema and reduce the frequency of flare-ups. The following is a list of the most common treatment options for eczema:

Topical Corticosteroids

This type of topical medication is available as a cream, lotion, ointment, or gel and is very effective in reducing symptoms of inflammation and itch. Many of these products can also help moisturize the skin which is a major concern for eczema sufferers. Under the supervision of a highly trained skin care professional, topical corticosteroids are an effective and safe treatment for eczema.

Oral Medications

There are a variety of oral medications for eczema that include antibiotics, antihistamines, corticosteroids, and cyclosporine. Oral medications can help relieve eczema symptoms and prevent bacterial infections. Even if there is no sign of an infection, the possibility is always prominent in eczema cases. Many of us harbor infectious bacteria on our skin that is normally unable to penetrate the skin's barrier. However, when the skin cracks, or breaks open as a result of eczema symptoms, bacteria is able to easily enter the body and cause infection.

Mild Cleansers for Eczema Skin

Many eczema sufferers have very sensitive skin and when it comes to cleansing, a bar of soap just won't do. Soap can actually make eczema worse. A better option is to use fragrance-free liquid cleansers that contain mild soap. These types of cleansers can be used on the face and the body and work by gently removing dirt and bacteria without irritating the skin. Some examples of mild cleansers include:

• Spectro Jel
• Cetaphil
• Seaquanil
• Lipikar Syndet

Your hygiene routine should also include a moisturizer to help keep the skin well hydrated and provide a protective layer over the skin. This will also help in managing your eczema symptoms.

Non-Steroid Cream

Elidel is a non-steroid topical medication that can effectively treat cases of mild to moderate eczema. Studies have shown that this product is safe for infants, children, and adults. Elidel can help to gradually reduce the duration and severity of flare-ups. Consult with your skin care specialist to find out which treatment is right for you.