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Eczema Treatments and Drugs

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Eczema can develop in all age groups. It basically encompasses a range of skin conditions also termed as dermatitis. Mild eczema is characterized by dry and itchy skin; severe eczema, on the other hand, will make the skin bleed, break and become tender.

Lotions

Eczema medicine is recommended in accordance with the severity of the disease. Eczema lotions are widely utilized for many types of eczema. The lotions are designed to calm the inflamed and irritated skin. They likewise provide hydration to the eczema-riddled area. By providing enough hydration or moisture, the symptoms of scaling, inflammation, irritation and dryness can be mitigated. The lotions can also make the symptoms less noticeable. The soothing effect provided by lotions also helps relieve the discomfort a person feels from the disease. Some lotions are developed precisely to address eczema symptoms and can be applied to wide areas of the affected skin. Lotions are a very popular form of treatment but if you want a more effective and long-lasting treatment for your eczema, the lotions should be complemented with other treatment procedures.

Corticosteroids

Glucocorticoids are also very good at treating eczema. Glucocorticoids usually are packaged in lotions cream or ointment form. Desonide and other weaker steroid solutions are recommended by doctors to treat light or moderate forms of eczema.  If you have severe symptoms of eczema, very powerful steroids such as clobetasol propionate provide the healing power you need for treatment of those symptoms. Unfortunately, these corticosteroids come with side effects and patients should only take the doctor-recommended dosages. One typical side effect of corticosteroids is that it makes the skin brittle and thin. Corticosteroids are also immunosuppressive and can increase the likelihood for skin infections if not combined with antifungals or antibiotics. One nasty side effect of corticosteroids is that they can increase the risk of cataracts. These side effects are reasons why medications containing steroids should be only taken sparingly. Corticosteroids can be used in a short or medium term basis to treat eczema to avoid major side effects. For severe eczema, the doctor may recommend oral corticosteroids.  They should not be used long-term even if they provide prompt relief for your symptoms.

Immunomodulators

Eczema especially the atopic type can be addressed by medications called pimecrolimus and tacrolimus. These drugs are immunomodulators that temporarily “disables” the immune system in the part of the skin they are utilized on. Pimecrolimus/tacrolimus repulse eczema flare ups. You need to avoid exposure to UV rays and sunlight after applying this drug on your body.  If you need to go outside suit on protective and loose clothing that that can cover your whole body.

Antibiotics

If your eczema is complicated with secondary skin infection, doctors may recommend antibiotics. Because the eczema causes the skin to dry out, the skin easily cracks permitting bacteria to enter the skin. The bacteria cause even more irritation and inflammation and weaken the skin even further. This is why antibiotics are often prescribed by doctors for eczema.

Alternative Treatments

Eczema can develop or worsen due to either emotional or physical stress. Stress also retards the healing of the skin barrier. Studies even reveal that sleep deprivation and emotional stress greatly weaken skin barrier function in patients who are in prime health. Some types of alternative treatment for eczema that help reduce stress can help better manage their symptoms.

  • Hypnosis – Hypnotherapy is a proven effective technique to relieve stress. It is a type of alternative medicine that is very popular for a huge segment of the population. Studies show that hypnosis helps to improve the eczema symptoms of people whose eczema were shown to be resilient to conventional treatment. Besides treating eczema, hypnotherapy help improve the quality of sleep and the mood of the patient. This goes a long way for the proper control of symptoms.
  • Acupuncture – This is a uniquely Chinese therapy that has been used for the treatment of dozens of ailments and diseases for thousands of years. Acupuncture can have a very calming effect on the individual and many people come out of an acupuncture session feeling renewed and energized. The theory of how acupuncture works is based in the existence of energy called chi in the body and its pathways called meridians where chi is conveyed like blood throughout the body. Some times the pathways or meridians develop blockages that hinder chi from passing and nourishing body tissues and organs.  Sometimes also chi flow becomes too strong that it negatively affects these tissues and organs. To offset these issues, acupuncture needles are inserted into the affected meridians to regulate or unblock the flow of chi that can then restore the good health of the individual. Acupuncture also is used to relieve all types of stress in the body. This is how this treatment can be very effective in people with eczema that has worsened or have been impervious to conventional treatments due to extreme or longstanding physical or emotional stress. Acupuncture is most effective when complemented with Chinese herbal medicine and people using these two therapies have found complete treatment in a matter of weeks.
  • Herbal medicine – Herbs can provide relief for the different symptoms of eczema. Drinking herbal tea combined with acupuncture, creams and bath additives can lead to the total treatment of a lot of eczema cases within three months some Chinese studies reveal.
  • Essential oils – Evening primrose oil contains gamma-linolenic acid, a substance widely believed to contain anti-inflammatory attributes. This type of oil can be effective in relieving the inflammation of eczema sufferers, especially during flare ups. Some studies showed that evening primrose oil helped treat the redness, crusting and itch of subjects within a two month testing period. Another study revealed that almost all patients using evening primrose oil orally showed improvement in their symptoms compared to only a third of patients taking placebo meds.
  • Vitamin D – Some studies reveal that when using vitamin D supplementation, patients manifested marked improvement in their eczema symptoms especially during summer and winter when their symptoms are at their worse.

 

DeJongh Acupuncture Clinic
2929 SW 3rd Ave #610
Miami, FL 33129
(305) 677-3214
http://www.miamiacupunctureclinic.com

Written by Valerie

September 20th, 2013 at 6:12 am

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