Summary: Eczema is a common skin condition that occurs with the symptoms like redness and itching. With the right treatment, you can get rid of eczema in a convenient way.
Life with eczema is not easy. You experience an intense itching while getting red lesions on your skin. Did you know? Nearly 30 million of Americans have eczema. Luckily, eczema is a common skin condition you can manage at home with proper skin care and some medications till the symptoms are mild. There are various types of different treatments available for eczema patients.
- OTC treatments including gentle, non-soap cleansers, petroleum jelly, tar-based products and mineral oil
- Prescribed medications including topical corticosteroids, topical calcineurin inhibitors (TCIs) and oral medications
- Phototherapy, which make the patient exposes to the light and is conducted by medical professionals
- Additional therapies including acupuncture, supplements and stress reduction techniques
Since eczema signs are different for every person, not everyone will respond to the treatment in the same way. Therefore, you must consult your physician and share your condition with him so that you can pick the suitable treatment for your eczema.
How Different Treatment Work in Eczema?
OTC or over the counter eczema medications are easily available at any drug store without doctor’s prescription. They are intended to treat the various signs of eczema conditions. For example, some ointments moisturize the skin while some can heal the skin symptoms including rashes, redness and itch; and some minimize the infection chances.
Bathing is one of the recommended ways to treat dry skin as it moisturizes the body. You can soak yourself in a warm bath or take a shower and then moisturize immediately afterward. You can add vinegar, oatmeal or bleach to your bathtub for mild eczema.
Dryness is the one of the primary causes triggering eczema. It is irritating and can worse the condition with flare ups. Dry skin is caused by wind, cold temperatures, low humidity and alcohol/perfumed soaps. You can use ointments, creams and lotions to moisturize your skin. Make sure the greasy or oil contents are in abundance in the moisturizer you are using.
A physician generally prescribes certain topical medications to treat eczema including corticosteroids (steroids) and topical calcineurin inhibitors (TCIs). These medications are helpful to lower down lesions, rashes and itching.
Phototherapy is believed to be one the efficient treatments to ease the eczema symptoms. A patient is exposed to ultraviolet B (UVB), emitted by a machine, to reduce itching and inflammation. Besides, it boosts Vitamin D production and helps you fight the bacterial infection.
Apart from these taking these medication, a few changes in your lifestyle can be really helpful for a speedy healing.
- Wear loose and comfortable clothes
- Avoid spicy foods and alcohol
- Avoid taking stress
- Don’t scratch your skin often
So, these are the medications and methods to treat eczema with prescribed methods and self-treatment. Remember, you need medical assistance if your eczema is severe and can’t be treatment with your self-managing methods.