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.
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:
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.
HPFY points you to these five great creams for eczema treatment:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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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Kevin Cleary has been a Health Products For You contributor for many years and has a degree in marketing. His health and wellness journey has a very personal meaning and has guided him in his content writing for HPFY.
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