What Are The Treatment Options For Eczema?

By: James Woolley

Eczema is a skin condition formed when the upper layer of the skin becomes inflamed. This results in dry, itchy skin that appears red and unsightly. The skin can also start flaking and blistering and in some cases can result in bleeding and scarring. The good news is that it can be effectively treated, even though there is no outright cure.

You should of course visit your doctor first of all if you think you may have eczema. They will then examine you, which may include blood tests and biopsies, and discuss things like your lifestyle and dietary habits and your family history. This will then give the doctor a better idea of how to best treat your own individual condition.

As I mentioned above, there is no complete cure unfortunately, but there are a number of different treatments that can ease the symptoms and improve the appearance of the skin. The first treatment is often mild steroids. These usually come in the form of oils or creams and will often improve the appearance of the skin when applied regularly. However this is more of a short-term solution rather than a long-term one due to the side-effects.

Your doctor may also prescribe antibiotics to prevent any infection of the skin and to stop the condition spreading to other areas of the body. In addition they may prescribe immunomodular treatments in order to boost the immune system, preventing any future outbreaks.

As well as these treatments there are other factors that may influence the severity of your condition. For instance the types of food you eat may be a factor, particularly if you have allergic reactions to specific foods. Many medical experts believe caffeine-rich drinks and dairy foods can trigger outbreaks of eczema.

Another possible trigger for the condition is stress. Many medical professionals believe this is a contributory factor so taking regular exercise on a daily basis will not only improve your overall health and fitness, but may also help reduce the severity of your eczema at the same time.

Finally if you really want to help treat your own condition you should ensure that your skin doesn't dry out and is always fully moisturised. There are many creams and lotions available that will help moisturise the skin. Some are better than others but aloe vera products, in particular, are excellent for treating skin conditions such as eczema due to their moisturising properties.

So to sum up, it's important that you don't admit defeat if you suffer from eczema because there are various treatment options available to you that will significantly ease your condition and improve the appearance of the skin.

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