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Salty's avatar

How do you get rid of Eczema?

Asked by Salty (52points) September 25th, 2008
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shilolo's avatar

See a doctor… Sorry to be so short, but, there are a number of dermatologic treatments ranging from steroid creams, to more potent immunomodulators, to light therapy available, and so, the best person to help you navigate this is a doctor.

glitterrrrfish's avatar

lotion as a temporary solution

augustlan's avatar

Go to the doctor, or just deal with it if it’s not too bad.

generalspecific's avatar

Yep, see your dermatologist. My mom went to hers and she gave her a cream that literally made the eczema go away over night.

aidje's avatar

There’s no way to permanently get rid of it. My doctor gave me a prescription for mometasone furoate cream to take care of individual outbreaks. It works quite well.

jca's avatar

i used to have eczema and went to dermatologist, got all kinds of creams, lotions, over the counter, prescription, etc. i found out years later i had hypothyroidism (slow thyroid) which causes dry hands. started taking synthroid for the thyroid, dry hands cleared up. all the times i went to dermatologist, he never suggested maybe it was a thyroid problem. so maybe go to your regular doctor and get blood test to make sure everything else is in good working order.

Jobbo's avatar

I’m not sure there’s one treatment that cures all.

I started off going to my GP & he recommended a steroid-based corticosteroid cream, which did ease the redness for about a week but then it flared up again.

I then looked into safer alternatives, various creams, emollients (non-cosmetic moisturisers), vitamins (fish oils), some were better than others but same result, ease the redness but then flares up again…maybe short-term placebo effects.

I honestly think our bodies became accustomed to the various treatments & they don’t get to the heart of the problem, in this case eliminating Eczema for good.

I think you need to focus on the root cause of eczema, rather than the symptoms. A guide & book can be found here:… it worked for me.

You also need to be careful washing with normal soaps or using bubble baths, they can be extremely drying & can irritate the skin if you suffer from Eczema. See a
dermatologist rather than your doctor & they can tailor a treatment plan for you.

Hope this helps, good luck.

BunnyRocket's avatar

Steroid-based creams can cause side effects after many years of use, although some new research shows that permanent damage can be immediate depending on what info & who you believe.

I would avoid using corticosteroid creams, I did a quick google search & it seems that topological steroids are now being promoted as the safer choice to systemic steroids but the info is sketchy & at the moment there seems to be little evidence to back this up.

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