Atopic eczema or atopic dermatitis treatment is determined according to a patient’s symptoms and their severity. In mild cases, at-home treatment options such as regularly using a moisturizer that is formulated to restore the skin barrier can usually be sufficient. In many cases, the inflammation and itching caused by eczema can be improved over the course of a few weeks.
In more severe cases, however, a visit to your physician for more potent treatment options may be necessary. Severe atopic eczema symptoms can be:
– Pus-filled blisters that become crusty, which can point to an infection
– Inflamed, dry, scaly, and itchy patches
– Hardened patches of skin
If you experience severe outbreaks, consult with your doctor about taking bleach baths and applying wet dressings. Seeking medical attention promptly is essential in preventing your condition from worsening.
Atopic Eczema Relief
In cases where over-the-counter topical treatments and lotions do not improve symptoms, your doctor may recommend some of the following treatment options:
– Potent oral or topical corticosteroids if you eczema patches are large enough or if there is a skin infection.
– Wrapping wet dressings around the affected parts of the skin to protect open blisters and prevent infections.
– Ultraviolet (UV) light therapy such as phototherapy or PUVA (psoralen plus UV light therapy) in conjunction with other medications.
– In cases where no other therapies prove effective, some doctors recommend interferon or cyclosporine therapy.
To relieve itching, your doctor may recommend the use of antihistamines as well as colloidal oatmeal baths and covering the rashes with wet dressings for a set time daily. In very extreme cases, your physician may recommend a short hospital stay get your symptoms under control.
A Final Note
It may be a good idea for people with atopic eczema to seek counseling. Talk therapy can be effective in managing stress and anxiety brought on by the condition and make dealing with atopic dermatitis slightly easier.
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