Robina 7 Day Doctors and Acupuncture recommends this video on Eczema:
The key to staying healthy while living with eczema is to keep symptoms under control. Managing the condition and its symptoms comes down to these basics:
- Know your triggers
- Implement a regular bathing and moisturizing routine
- Use OTC and/or prescription medication consistently and as prescribed
- Watch for signs of infection — pus-filled bumps, pain, redness, heat — on the skin
Some other things you can do to help manage eczema symptoms:
- Cultivate a care team of providers who are expert in treatment to help you find the right treatment.
- Recognize stressful situations and events — and learn to avoid or cope with them by using techniques for stress management. You may do this on your own, or with the help of your doctor or psychologist.
- Try not to scratch and rub the affected skin — and limit contact with materials or substances that may irritate your skin. Dress in soft, breathable clothing and avoid itchy fabrics like wool, that can further irritate your rash.
- However, some people find that even when they do all the “right” things, their eczema still flares. It can be an unpredictable disease, and there is much still to learn about it. Having an eczema flare “out of the blue” is common and can happen despite your best efforts.
- There is no cure for eczema but there are treatments, and more are coming. Depending on the type o and severity, treatments include lifestyle changes, over-the-counter (OTC) remedies, prescription topical, oral and injectable medications, phototherapy and biologic drugs.Remember that symptoms can be different for everyone. Not everyone will respond to a treatment in the same way, so it’s best to familiarize yourself with all of the options and talk to your doctor to find a treatment regimen that works for you.
Common eczema treatments
Over-the-counter (OTC) treatments are products or medications you can buy without a prescription. Some OTC eczema treatments are used for moisturizing skin; some are used to help skin symptoms such as rash, redness and itch; and some are for gently cleaning skin to prevent infection.
Prescription topical medications include corticosteroids (steroids), PDE4 inhibitors, topical calcineurin inhibitors (TCIs) and skin barrier creams. Available through your doctor, these medications are applied to the affected area of the skin to help ease redness, rash, dryness and itching.
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