If you or someone you know has eczema, you know it can be itchy, irritating and hard to manage. It often can feel like no matter what you do to get rid of it, the rash stays or keeps coming back.
Eczema often starts at a young age, with 10-20 percent of children diagnosed with the condition. While it can be lifelong, eczema tends to become less severe with age.
Unfortunately, there are not effective, easy, over-the-counter treatments for eczema. There are, however, tools dermatologists can use to appropriately diagnose and treat eczema.
Medical research continues to show that the most effective treatment plan involves treating the skin and making lifestyle changes.
Eczema Treatment Options
Your Water’s Edge Dermatology practitioner may recommend any number of combinations of the following options to manage your eczema:
- Corticosteroid or an immune-modifying medication, which can help reduce the inflammation and itch
- An antihistamine can improve eczema that’s triggered by allergies
- Antibiotics if there’s an infection, which is common
- Ultraviolet (UV) light therapy
Lifestyle Changes for Eczema
Talk to your Water’s Edge Dermatology practitioner before you implement any of these lifestyle changes:
- Frequently applying an appropriate moisturizer
- Avoiding certain clothing
- Using eczema-friendly bathing techniques
If you think you or a loved one has eczema, schedule an appointment to have your condition properly diagnosed and to begin the path toward relief.