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There is no cure for eczema only treatments to manage eczema symptoms like itching, skin inflammation and excessive lesion or blister formation. Having eczema may directly affect you daily activities at home, in school and also at work. Consulting a dermatologist is the best option in the treatment of eczema and as with any doctor visit; a diagnosis is often the best way to start.
Upon diagnosis of what type of eczema you have, you will be given eczema treatment creams to manage the various symptoms of eczema. Here is the most common eczema treatment creams prescribed:
• Moisturizers – Moisturizing creams are the most commonly prescribed treatment for eczema. It is a fact that healthy skin is well moisturized skin; therefore adding moisture can help fight the most common symptom of eczema which is skin itching. Severe itching is a hallmark of eczema and moisturizers like Cetaphil or Eucerin can significantly relieve itching and also decrease inflammation. Moisturizers best work when skin is still damp; apply generously to lock in moisture.
Moisturizers can also be in ointment form, this works for people with extra dry skin. This is often prescribed by dermatologists during cold winter months to prevent skin dryness.
Increasing moisture in the air around you especially in the home can also significantly improve skin moisture. Use a humidifier or place a pan of water near a fireplace or a furnace to increase air moisture content.
• Immunomodulators – Immunomodulators are creams used to control the person’s immune system response to eczema. This is the most recent breakthrough in the treatment of eczema but has been found to increase the risk of developing skin cancer if used continuously. Elidel (pimecrolimus) and Protopic (tacrolimus) are some examples of topical immunomodulators.
• Steroids – The use of steroids in the treatment of eczema have been the most effective and most trusted by many dermatologists. Topical corticosteroids can be over the counter preparations or prescribed by a skin specialist like Cutivate (Fluticasone Propionate Cream) or Elocon (mometasone). These creams come in different strengths and your dermatologist can best prescribe the best formulation for you.
Continued use of topical steroids may cause thinning of the affected area; incidence of stretch marks especially the groin and armpits and may also cause an allergic reaction in some patients. It is essential therefore to consult a dermatologist regarding the appropriate topical steroid treatment for your condition and not self medicate.
• Anti Itch Creams – Anti itch creams and ointments can also be prescribed by dermatologists to control severe itching. Do not apply anti itch creams on open or blistered skin; wash with mild soap and dry skin completely before application. Placing cool compresses can also help relieve itching and inflammation of eczema lesions.
These are just some of the most common eczema treatment creams prescribed by dermatologists. You may also be prescribed skin antibiotics or oral antibiotics to control skin infection for severe cases of eczema. Always use prescribed medications with care and never use it beyond its intended purpose.