Eczema Medical Treatment

The goal of eczema treatment is to prevent worsening of the skin condition and avoid itching and inflammation. Eczema treatment involves making lifestyle changes and using medications regularly. Eczema treatment is based on a person’s age, overall health and most importantly, the severity of eczema.
One most important thing to do in eczema treatment is to keep the skin well hydrated with applications of ointments and cream. The ointments should have high oil content and low water.

Corticosteroid creams are prescribed by the doctor to control the itching and inflammation. Doctors may ask you to take medium, mild or high powered corticosteroid creams depending on the intensity of eczema symptoms. If the itching is severe, the doctor may ask you to take oral antihistamine. Sedative form of antihistamines in the form of diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and hydroxyine (Atarax) are found to be quite effective. If there is an acute eczema outbreak, doctor may ask you to take a short course of oral corticosteroids like prednisone, thought it is not recommended to take it on a long-term basis because it has side-effects. Ultraviolent light therapy (phototherapy) is also a good treatment option for eczema sufferers.

The FDA has approved two topical or cream based medications in the form of tacrolimus and pimecrolimus.


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