Unfortunately, eczema is not curable yet, so the most effective treatment for eczema is long term control and prevention. The best treatments are moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, itch relieving, immune system downregulating, and antibacterial. They focus preventing itch and preventing the immune system from overreacting.
While home remedies have taken on popularity, there are little to no studies confirming the effectiveness of such treatments. In some cases, it might even do more harm than good considering their minimal effectiveness versus the unknown side effects they could have on your body. It’s best to follow the medical advice of a dermatologist because they know what will or will not treat the disease. Here are some popular home remedies that you should be careful with:
- Coconut oil
- Colloidal oatmeal
- Relaxation techniques
Over the Counter Medication
While some over the counter (OTC) medications are effective enough to be given as prescriptions, other OTC medications have limited effects on disease. They might help for mild to moderate cases, but they aren’t usually effective on severe ones. If used incorrectly and without guidance, they might even prove to be ineffective and produce unforeseen side effects. However, a dermatologist can tell you whether or not these can be effective for you. Here are some OTC medications that may or may not be included in a treatment plan given by one of our dermatologists:
- Moisturizers – “Locks in” moisture into the skin to protect it against irritants and allergens.
- Corticosteroids – In creams or ointments, it relieves itching and skin inflammation.
Prescriptions, alongside professional medical advice, are the most effective form of treatment. Home remedies and over the counter treatments take plenty of time, energy, and money, yet are uncertain to work. Our experienced dermatologists take your unique skin, set of symptoms, and medical history into account to take the guessing game out of your road to recovery. Here are some prescriptions your dermatologist might include in your personalized treatment plan:
- Corticosteroids – Relieves itching and skin inflammation.
- NSAID – These are non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs that reduces skin inflammation.
- Moisturizers – Prescription-strength moisturizers “lock in” moisture into the skin to protect it against irritants and allergens.
- Antibiotics – Kills bacteria that could cause infection and an overactive immune response.
- Antihistamines – Relieves itching.
- Immune system controlling drugs – Relieves skin inflammation and immune system reactions.