Pag dating sa gamot sa skin asthma, moisturizers ang first line of defense laban sa eczema. Your doctor may recommend the use of over-the-counter moisturizers and barriers to moisturize dry skin and prevent loss of water from the skin. These moisturizers may come in the form of ointments, creams or lotions.
Over-the-counter corticosteroids, which come in the form of an ointment, may also be prescribed to:
- Relieve the itchiness
- Reduce inflammation
- Reduce dryness
- Prevent flares from recurring
A common corticosteroid for eczema treatment is topical hydrocortisone. Topical steroids come in different concentrations. It is best to consult a doctor before using one as any steroid-containing treatment carries side effects, especially with long-term use.
These medicines may relieve allergy symptoms related to eczema. But they do not typically help the itching caused by dry skin. Sedating antihistamines such as diphenhydramine may also help with sleep.
4. Other Prescription Medicines
At times, your doctor may prescribe more powerful drugs should your eczema be severe. These include:
More potent corticosteroids – These are either injectable or taken orally.
Topical calcineurin inhibitors (TCIs) – This treatment may be used as an alternative to corticosteroids when your doctor has concerns about the overuse of steroids.
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