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The Five Best Eczema Creams

The Five Best Eczema Creams

Eczema relief is doubly important. As anybody who has suffered from the disorder will tell you, those itchy, red rashes cause both skin and social discomfort. While eczema is common in children, it can occur at any age and is often accompanied by asthma or hay fever. Over 3 million cases are diagnosed every year in the US. Eczema, or Atopic Dermatitis formally, is a chronic issue and can flare at any time. It has no cure, but treatment can help alleviate the itching and prevent future breakouts.

Symptoms of Eczema

We have all encountered a rash at one time or another, or the itching and scratching from hives, poison ivy, and the like. Eczema is a more chronic disorder whose symptoms include:

  • Itching (often severe)
  • Dry skin
  • Cracked, scaly skin
  • Rash (red to brown-gray)
  • Raw skin from scratching

While healthy skin retains moisture and can protect itself against bacteria and other irritants, eczema is the result of a gene variation that prevents this mechanism and allows the skin to be affected by irritants and allergens.

Five Best Creams for Treatment of Eczema

HPFY points you to these five great creams for eczema treatment:

1. TriDerma Eczema Fast Healing Cream

The powerful cream included in this home treatment is great for providing relief from red, irritated, dry, and cracked skin. Its active ingredients are allantoin (0.5%) and colloidal oatmeal (1.5%) and contain natural botanicals such as AP4 genuine virgin organic aloe.

2. 3M Cavilon Extra Dry Skin Cream

This treatment offers a pH-balanced, lipid-rich formula for 24 hours of relief from rough, cracked, or scaly skin. Perfect for eczema throughout your body, the nongreasy cream rubs in easily and is hypoallergenic while being free from latex.

 

3. DermaRite Lantiseptic Dry Skin Therapy Skin Protectant

Perfect for everyday moisturizing, this skin protectant is an enriched moisturizer that forms a barrier on your skin to protect from irritants, reducing the chances of a breakout.

4. Coloplast Sween Moisturizing Cream

The non-occlusive formula of this moisturizing cream is rich in vitamins A and D and is great for soothing red, sore, and irritated skin. After being quickly absorbed into the skin, it immediately helps restore dry, fragile skin that’s at risk for cracking.

5. Medline Soothe and Cool Skin Cream

Available scented and unscented, this latex-free, CHG compatible skin cream nourishes and moisturizes compromised skin with natural aloe and vitamin E. Perfect for elbows affected by eczema and is nongreasy on the skin.

 

DOs and DON'Ts in Managing Eczema

As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! A few small and simple skincare Dos and Don’ts can help keep eczema away. Some preventive measures include:

  • Moisturize twice a day
  • Identify/avoid possible causes of eczema
  • Take shorter and cooler showers/baths
  • Use gentler soaps
  • Pat dry instead of wiping

Another option is a bleach bath. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends these baths to prevent flare ups. Adding ½ cup of household bleach (not concentrated) to a 40-gallon bathtub filled with warm water should do the trick.

Yes, these are over-the-counter treatments that can be done at home. It is important to realize when to see a doctor though. Seek immediate medical attention if the rash looks infected or there is fever, especially in a child. You should see your doctor when:

  • The eczema is so uncomfortable it affects sleep or daily activities
  • Symptoms persist with home remedies
  • There is skin infection (red streaks, puss, or yellow scabs)

Eczema varies from case to case. It can range from mild to extremely severe. Being proactive and diligent with preventive measures, such as skin moisturizing, will go a long way in preventing eczema or minimizing its severity and impact. 

 

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