Eczema is a skin condition that causes skin to become itchy, inflamed and on some occasions, develop skin bumps that are filled with pus. Eczema can affect anyone in any age group. Common causes of eczema include bacterial infections, allergies, chemical irritants, stress and change in weather. Eczema is also hereditary. If left untreated, eczema can turn into a thick, scaly leathery rash. Fortunately there are remedies that can effectively treat this skin condition.
Apply a prescription nonsteroidal barrier repair moisturizer, such as Atopiclair, to eczema-affected skin. This moisturizer works by calming the burning sensation and rebuilding your skin while preventing water loss. It also helps heal the inflammation, itchiness, dryness and thickening of the skin caused by eczema. Consult your physician to learn more about prescription moisturizers.
Take a prescribed antibiotic to help treat eczema when a bacterial infection develops. Eczema is an itchy skin condition causing you to constantly scratch your skin. Scratching can damage your skin and allow bacteria to penetrate your body and cause infection. Taking an oral antibiotic will prevent this. Talk to your physician about which antibiotic is best for your eczema.
Apply a cool compress to the skin areas affected by eczema. Dip a clean cloth in a bowl of ice water, squeeze the water out and apply it directly to the skin. A cool compress will help relieve the itching and inflammation. When you first place the cold compress on your skin, the pain or itching may become more intensem but this quickly subsides.
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- Benefits of Atopiclair: Clinical Studies