Eczema Treatment.

There are many treatments available for eczema relief. Medicine is only a part of what is available to help.


Emollients are the most common eczema treatment. They are moisturisers which hydrate and soothe the skin, reducing dryness and the occurrence of flare ups.

Corticosteroid creams.

Corticosteroid cream is a topical anti-inflammatory drug used to treat a variety of skin disorders. It works by suppressing your body’s inflammatory response.


Newer drugs called topical immunomodulators are available to help treat eczema. These medicines are considered topical immunomodulators because they change some of the functions of the immune system that cause atopic eczema without suppressing the whole immune system.

Oral antihistamines.

Histamine is a chemical produced by the body that is responsible for many of the symptoms of inflammation including redness, swelling and itching. Antihistamines therefore block the action of histamine and help to reduce eczema symptoms, mainly itching.

Complementary therapies.

Some people find that complementary treatments, such as herbal creams and homeopathy, are helpful. However, there is no firm scientific evidence for this.

Hospital treatment.

If your eczema becomes severe and no other treatment is helping, your doctor may recommend treatment in hospital. The hospital staff will treat your eczema for you.

Ultraviolet light treatment.

For some people suffering from eczema, ultraviolet light treatment can be helpful. Ultraviolet A (UVA), ultraviolet B (UVB) or a combination of UVA and UVB therapy may be used.

Oral steroids.

Oral steroids are used for the shortest period of time possible due to the seriousness of their side effects and the potential for severe flare ups of eczema once they are discontinued.


If your eczema becomes infected your doctor may prescribe antibiotics.


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