Skin conditions

Eczema

(Atopic dermatitis)

  • Also known as
  • Dermatitis

About Eczema

Eczema is a term for several different types of skin swelling. Eczema is also called dermatitis. It is not dangerous, but most types cause red, swollen and itchy skin. Factors that can cause eczema include other diseases, irritating substances, allergies and your genetic makeup. Eczema is not contagious.

The most common type of eczema is atopic dermatitis. It is an allergic condition that makes your skin dry and itchy. It is most common in babies and children.

Eczema is a chronic disease. You can prevent some types of eczema by avoiding irritants, stress, and the things you are allergic to.

Symptoms of Eczema
  • Red, swollen, itchy skin

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All Medications for Eczema

  • Cutivate
    (fluticasone)
    Prescription only

    Cutivate (Fluticasone) works well for itchy, red skin, but over time steroids can make your skin thin and prone to infections.

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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Cream, gel, or ointment
    • Lotion
  • Dermotic
    (fluocinolone)
    Prescription only

    Dermotic (fluocinolone) is the only medication used to treat irritated skin in your ear that isn't caused by an infection. You can only use it for a couple weeks at a time though.

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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Ear drops
  • Triderm
    (triamcinolone)
    Prescription only

    Triderm (Triamcinolone) works well for itchy, red skin, but over time steroids can make your skin thin and prone to infections.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Cream, gel, or ointment
    • Spray
  • Singulair
    (montelukast)
    Prescription only

    Singulair (Montelukast) has fewer side effects but doesn't work as well as steroid inhalers for asthma. It also helps with allergies.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Chewable tablet
    • Granule
  • Urea
    Prescription or OTC

    Keralac (Urea) treats a variety of skin conditions, but shouldn’t be used by children.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Cream, gel, or ointment
    • Foam
    • Topical
    • Pads
  • Zovirax
    (acyclovir)
    Prescription only

    Zovirax (Acyclovir) is good for treating viral infections like herpes, chickenpox, and shingles. It won't cure the disease, but it'll shorten the length of a breakout.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Oral suspension
    • Dissolving tablet extended release
    • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Zyrtec
    (cetirizine)
    Prescription or OTC

    Zyrtec (Cetirizine) is a once-daily allergy relief medication that won't make you feel too sleepy.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid capsule
    • Dissolving tablet
    • Liquid
  • Elidel
    (pimecrolimus)

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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Cream, gel, or ointment
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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Cream, gel, or ointment
    • Suppository
  • Ketoconazole
    Prescription or OTC

    Nizoral (Ketoconazole) is a medication used on your skin to treat fungal infections; however, it takes several weeks for full recovery, and the directions are specific to each type of medication.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Cream, gel, or ointment
    • Foam
    • Shampoo
  • Urea
    Prescription or OTC

    Keralac (Urea) treats a variety of skin conditions, but shouldn’t be used by children.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Cream, gel, or ointment
    • Foam
    • Topical
    • Pads
  • Protopic
    (tacrolimus)
    Prescription only

    Astagraf (Tacrolimus) is effective at treating eczema if other options haven’t helped, but its long-term effects aren’t well known. Your doctor will decide how long you should use it for.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Imuran
    (azathioprine)
    Prescription only

    Imuran (Azathioprine) is an effective medication for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and transplant rejection, but comes with a heavy list of side effects.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Eczema

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • take warm showers not hot, the house heater should be no higher than 70 degrees, use dove soap, use fragrance free ( moisturizer eucerin in the winter cerave or a light eucerin after the winter) after shower within 2 minutes - if in crises use vaseline in entire body( i like to do it at night and use a old t-shirt to sleep) after shower within 2 minutes after you got out the shower - do this for 2 weeks. If you have eczema spots and need medication the best one over the counter is dermarest - I do not use the daily antihistamine.
  • wear cotton gloves to sleep - scratching is worst at night. never sleep with the heater above 68 degrees - it's better to be colder and cover with a couple layers of blankets than sweat in your sleep and aggravate your skin.
  • My daughter had e
  • My daughter had Eczema pretty bad and it's pretty much cleared up now. What worked for her was a change in her diet. She avoided sugars, except what was natural in 100% fruit juice. She also avoided other food items that caused her to be irritated such as wheat and dairy. After about a year or so her skin has cleared and itching has significantly reduced, almost to none.
What’s your best coping strategy?
  • YOGA
Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • Medication worked the least - Meditation, yoga, seal body's moisture after shower with eucerin or vaseline.
  • Exercise
  • Coconut oil
  • Refined Raw Coconut Oil