How to Treat Eczema

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.
  • FACT: Eczema affects 20 percent of children.

You Will Need

  • Topical steroid creams
  • Cold compress
  • Antihistamines
  • Soap and shampoo with coal-tar extracts
  • Oral corticosteroids
  • Antibiotics
  • Mild laundry detergent (optional)
  • Unscented fabric softener (optional)
  • Unscented bath products (optional)

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