While the cause of eczema, which makes the skin itchy, is unknown and there is no cure, there are ways to lessen its discomfort.
Step 1: Apply topical steroid creams Apply topical steroid creams, which help reduce inflammation, after a bath to seal in moisture.
: Topical steroids can cause acne and thinning of the skin.
Step 2: Apply cold compresses and take oral antihistamines Apply cold compresses to affected areas and take oral antihistamines to help alleviate itching.
Step 3: Use coal-tar-extract products Use soaps and shampoos that contain coal-tar extracts, which help reduce itching, rashes, and inflammation.
TIP: Use mild laundry detergents and unscented fabric softener and bath products to avoid triggering eczema.
Step 4: Take oral corticosteroids and antibiotics Ask your doctor to prescribe oral corticosteroids, which help reduce inflammation, and antibiotics, to treat infected areas caused by excessive scratching.