- 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
- Soap and shampoo with coal-tar extracts
- Oral corticosteroids
- Mild laundry detergent (optional)
- Unscented fabric softener (optional)
- Unscented bath products (optional)