Eczema Cures – Or Treatments?

When you read about eczema cures, it is important to understand that there is no actual cure, only treatments that control the condition.

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Eczema is a life-long skin condition that is controllable with the right medical regimen. Back in the 1980s, people did not have many available treatment options, so they relied on basic common sense. My mom can testify to that. I just wanted to have a normal life and have all the pain and ridicule disappear.

Thirty years later, there are many therapies now available, and they can be effective for controlling eczema.

Below is an overview. I have tried to keep everything simple. Don’t worry about what certain names mean or how to pronounce them. But do realize that eczema can be treated but cannot be eliminated completely in most cases.

Topical Corticosteroid Creams and Ointments

Available in a cream or ointment, corticosteroid is commonly prescribed by doctors or can be purchased over-the-counter. Used after a flare-up of eczema to reduce the inflammation, itching, and redness, corticosteroid creams and ointments are quite effective.

Corticosteroids (steroid creams) work by altering the chemicals that cause inflammation. The steroid molecule moves into the skin cells and interacts with the DNA. This causes the cell to make lipocortins, a protein that stops the production of chemicals that cause inflammation. Additionally, these topical agents constrict the blood vessels and decrease warmth, redness, and swelling. Examples include hydrocortisone and betamethasone.

Corticosteroids are effective but please use sparingly and not for long.

Oral Antihistamines

Antihistamines can be used to treat severe itching or inflammation. These medicines are available in many forms, but you may want to speak with your doctor for further advice. Histamine is the substance released by the body when it comes in contact with an allergen or irritant.

Antihistamines work by stabilizing the inactive form of histamine in the cells and tissues. The medication molecule binds and prevents histamine release, resulting in inhibition of inflammation. Common antihistamines include Benadryl and Clariten.

Topical Antibiotic Creams and Ointments

Researchers have found that people with eczema tend to scratch and touch an affected skin region as many as 500 times per day. Topical antibiotic creams and ointments can help prevent or clear up a skin infection. Examples of such eczema cures include Neosporin or Bactroban.

Emollients

Emollients are basically medical moisturizers. These solutions are available with and without prescription and in various forms. Emollients form a protective barrier on the skin to help reduce water loss. They can be used safely anywhere on the body.

Skin care specialists recommend that someone with eczema use an emollient on the skin after bathing. Examples of these eczema cures include lanolin, petrolatum, and mineral oil.

It's handy to carry a tub of this with you or have it close by. They also allow other creams to reach the skin which is pretty cool.

Cyclosporine

Cyclosporine is a medication that can provide fast relief for severe cases of eczema. This drug blocks the transcription of cytokine genes in T cells. By doing this, it suppresses cell-mediated immune reactions, such as the skin rashes associated with eczema.

Immunosuppressants

Because people with eczema have problems with immune system function, doctors often prescribe immunosuppressants to control this problem and prevent skin damage. Examples of immunosuppressants include tacrolimus and pimecrolimus.

Phototherapy

Also called light therapy, an effective eczema treatment is deep penetrating phototherapy, which uses ultraviolet light or natural sunlight. Psoralen is a topical substance often used during phototherapy to intensify the treatment effectiveness.

Self-Care at Home

There are several self-care strategies that help to control and remedy eczema. These include:

  • Prevent dry skin by taking short, warm showers or baths. Avoid prolonged bathing or excessively hot or cold water.
  • Use mild body cleansers and soaps. Avoid harsh chemicals, fragrances, and solutions. Choose hypoallergenic products.
  • Wear loose-fitting, soft clothing. Avoid wearing wool or man-made, rough and scratchy materials.
  • Avoid physical and mental stress when possible. Also, practice stress reduction techniques, such as meditation and deep breathing.

Learn More In The Following Articles:

Hydrocortisone

Steroid Creams

Acyclovoir

Benadryl

Methotrexate

Hydroxyzine

Eczema Creams

Antihistamines

Doxepin

Cyclosporine

Glucocorticoids

Fluticason

Fexofenadine

Azathioprine

UVB Light Therapy

Lotions


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