Emollient eczema treatments work in two ways, firstly by
moisturising the skin to prevent dryness and cracking, and secondly by cooling
and soothing the skin, reducing itching and irritation. These can be applied in
eczema treatment cream is used for inflamed and itchy areas as it is the
eczema treatment ointment is used for dry or scaly areas as it is the best
at moisture retention
eczema treatment lotion is used for hairy areas of skin as it is are
non-greasy and easy to apply without causing further irritation
Treatments should be applied liberally after bathing to lock
moisture into the skin, and re-applied regularly through the day as needed.
Emollient bath oils and emollient alternatives to soap are also available.
There are many different emollients available and it may
take a little trial and error, with the help of your GP and pharmacist, to find
the right one for you. If you use an emollient for a prolonged period, you
could find that it loses its effect as your body becomes used to it. In this
case you will need to switch to a new emollient eczema treatment to maintain
the beneficial effects.
Steroid eczema treatments are used where the skin has
become inflamed and sore. They work by reducing the inflammation and help the
skin to heal. However, unlike emollients, steroids should be used sparingly and
for as short a period as possible. That said, you should always use them if
prescribed by your GP or dermatologist. Not using steroids, out of fear of the
side effects, may result in you needing even stronger steroid eczema treatments
as your condition worsens.
Anti-histamines can be used as an eczema treatment to
ease the itching and reduce the effects of localised environmental factors that
cause a flare up. There are two kinds of anti-histamine for eczema; those that
cause drowsiness and those that don’t. Clearly the non-drowsy variety is
preferred for daytime use, but sedative anti-histamines have the advantage of
helping you to sleep when your itching is keeping you awake. Sedative
anti-histamine eczema treatments are particularly effective in children.
When the skin becomes swollen and cracked, it can
sometimes become infected and you will need to take an antibiotic as part of
your eczema treatment. This is usually taken as a tablet such as flucloxacillin
or erythromycin. Once the infection has cleared up, it is important to throw
away all your regular eczema treatments, such as emollient creams, and replace
them with fresh supplies; otherwise there is a high risk of re-infection.
cases of eczema
In very severe cases, where the condition does not
respond to standard eczema treatments, you may be referred to a dermatologist
who will be able to try more specialised therapies:
- a specialist retinoid medication used for severe eczema of the hands
– an eczema treatment involving exposure to ultraviolet light
inhibitors – powerful anti-inflammatories
– the application of eczema treatment directly to the skin via impregnated,