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

Top Medications for Eczema according to our users

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All Medications for Eczema

  • Anti-inflammatory, Immunosuppressant > Corticosteroid

    • 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.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Cream, gel, or ointment
      • Lotion
    • 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.

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      • Available dosage forms:
      • Cream, gel, or ointment
      • Spray
  • Anti-inflammatory > Leukotriene modifier

Keratolytic emmolient

  • Urea
    Prescription or OTC

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

    Was it worth it?
    • Available dosage forms:
    • Cream, gel, or ointment
    • Foam
    • Topical
    • Pads

Antiviral

  • 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.

    Was it worth it?
    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Oral suspension
    • Dissolving tablet extended release
    • Cream, gel, or ointment

Antifungal

  • 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.

    Was it worth it?
    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Cream, gel, or ointment
    • Foam
    • Shampoo
  • Immunosuppressant > Calcineurin inhibitor

    • 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.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Immunosuppressant > Immunomodulator

    • 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.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
  • Antirheumatic > Biological response modifier

    • 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.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
  • Anti-rejection > Kidney transplant anti-rejection

    • 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.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
  • Anticancer > Purine antimetabolite

    • 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.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Eczema

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
What’s your best coping strategy?
  • YOGA
Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • Refined Raw Coconut Oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Exercise
  • Medication worked the least - Meditation, yoga, seal body's moisture after shower with eucerin or vaseline.