Eczema Skin Treatment

Eczema Skin TreatmentEczema Skin Treatment

 

Eczema is a skin condition that can cause individuals a high degree of discomfort. It is itchy and can even bring about a lot of embarrassment if it appears on areas that are quite visible.

 

But for those who are suffering from eczema, there is no need to worry because it can be treated in several ways. According to WebMD, good skin care is a key component in controlling eczema.  For some people with mild eczema, modifying their skin care routine and making a few lifestyle changes may be all that is needed to treat eczema. Other people with more severe eczema may need to take medications to control their symptoms.

 

Non-drug treatments for eczema include:

 

  • Mild soap and moisturizer. It’s best to use a mild soap or soap substitute that won’t dry your skin. Gentle soaps, known as syndets, are available at the drugstore (brand names can be recommended by your doctor or pharmacist). A good moisturizer (in cream, lotion, or ointment form) helps conserve the skin’s natural moisture and should be applied immediately after a shower or bath, as well as one other time each day. Some people with severe eczema may benefit from taking baths with a small amount of bleach added to the water. The bleach helps to kill bacteria that live on the skin of people with eczema.
  • Short, warm showers. People with eczema should avoid taking very hot or very long showers or baths, which can dry out your skin.
  • Reduce stress. Take steps to reduce stress. Get regular exercise and set aside time to relax.

 

Source: WebMD

 

Some of the mentioned non-drug treatments for eczema are really effective, especially if you are not sensitive to them. Aside from these treatments Net Doctor has provided us with other alternative treatments:

 

Gamolenic acid (evening primrose extract) has been an alternative remedy sometimes used to treat eczema.

 

It’s thought that it may work by increasing the levels of the essential fatty acid, which may be deficient in, and perhaps responsible for the symptoms of, atopic eczema.

 

However, there’s increasing evidence that it’s ineffective.

 

Two products containing gamolenic acid, Efamast and Epogam, used to be licensed as medicines for the treatment of eczema. However, their product licences were withdrawn in October 2002 following a review by the UK Medicines Control Agency (MCA) and the Committee on Safety of Medicines (CSM).

 

These bodies concluded that the available evidence did not support the current standard of efficacy required for these products to be authorised as medicines.

 

Traditional Chinese herbal medicines have been another alternative treatment for eczema, though at present it is unclear whether they do more harm than good.

 

Results from several studies have suggested that patients with atopic eczema benefit from these therapies. But there’s also concern about the side-effects of some of the herbs on the liver and heart.

 

Cases of corticosteroids being illegally added to Chinese herbal creams have also been reported, and this is hard to monitor because the production of such herbal products is not standardised or regulated.

 

For these reasons, it’s recommended that Chinese herbal remedies should only be used under specialist supervision.

 

Source: Net Doctor

 

Eczema can always be treated for as long as you adhere to the treatments and not do anything that could actually irritate your skin. So stop scratching and start your treatment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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