How can I get rid of eczema?
Treatment for your or your child’s atopic eczema can be broken down into 2 distinct phases.
Psoriasis causes thick, red, scaly patches of skin, commonly over the elbows and knees. Itching is not a key symptom. Eczema also causes dry red patches, but they do not tend to be as thick, and they are usually found in the skin folds of the neck, elbows and knees (or on the face in babies). In eczema, itching is intense and there may be visible scratch marks and broken skin.Learn more
Over and above these 2 phases, several lifestyle tricks are key to the success of atopic eczema treatments. These include opting for lukewarm and brief showers or baths, maintaining a cooler room temperature, waging war on house dust mite, opting for cotton clothing and avoiding allowing any sweat to remain on skin.
In the articles below, you will find in-depth information and lots of lifestyle hacks to care for atopic eczema-prone skin, as well as expert recommendations to build a healthy atopic eczema-prone skincare routine, and information on the prescription-only treatments your doctor might prescribe. You’ll also find suitable product recommendations if you’re looking for atopic eczema-prone skincare in a lighter texture.
Phase 1: During flare-ups. Your doctor will prescribe prescription-only treatments such as topical corticosteroids or a cream called tacrolimus. These medicines calm down skin’s immune reaction (redness, dryness and lots and lots of itching) in order to relieve itching and help atopic eczema lesions to heal.
Phase 2: Maintenance and prevention. To keep atopic eczema-prone skin hydrated and happy, use a soap substitute or Syndet in the shower, and apply a rich emollient twice daily to replenish skin’s microbiome (the microorganisms that live on skin and help maintain its balance). You can also mist the skin with naturally soothing thermal spring water to help take the sting out of itching.
Do you worry that your child eczema might leave scars behind?
With Tamara's eczema and her very dry skin she ends up scratching the same places on her back and upper arms all the time so even when the skin recovers she'll go back and scratch them. I'm worried that the scratching might leave a wound there permanently. How can I make sure that her skin won't have permanent scars and will heal well? Scratching is inevitably going to leave behind some superficial box and most of these will fade and disappear virtually completely within months. But for deep injuries to the skin these can leave behind scars which by definition persist but even these can fade with time. Children with eczema covered in bacteria Staphylococcus and any wounds to the skin are a risk of secondary infection and if that's thought to be likely then this needs to be treated with an antibiotic either as a cream or as a medicine. These measures together with your routine application of moisturizing cream on a regular basis, will minimize any marks that are left behind.
HOW TO AVOID WOUND MARKS?
1 in 5 children have eczema. In 80% of cases, the condition resolves by itself before adulthood.
Source: CHU Nantes, unité de cancérologie dermatologie spécialisation dermatite atopique, avril 2015
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