5 Unusual Ways To Ease Eczema Symptoms

child-careEczema is a very common skin condition, which is particularly common among children. Eczema is characterised by patches of irritated, itchy skin. In some cases, children grow out of the skin condition can flare up and is known to affect adults. Eczema tends to develop in the creases of the skin and is often found behind the knees, on the neck and on the inside of the elbows.

Eczema Treatment

There are various treatments that are used to ease the symptoms of eczema, including:

  • Emollient creams, which are intensive moisturisers used to treat very dry skin.
  • Topical corticosteroids, which are used to ease swelling.
  • Dressings can also be applied to the skin to reduce inflammation and prevent scratching, which makes the skin irritated and sore.

It is possible for eczema to become infected. If this happens then antibiotics are usually prescribed to fight the infection.

One of the most difficult symptoms to cope with is itching. Eczema tends to be very itchy and the temptation is to scratch, but this makes the skin sore and irritated which in turn makes it longer for the skin to heal. Antihistamines can be beneficial for reducing itchiness. You can purchase antihistamines over the counter in a variety of forms, including topical creams and tablets.

If you have a young child or baby with eczema, it may be useful to invest in some scratch mitts, as they prevent the child from scratching the skin and making it worse. Click here for more information about eczema.

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Unusual ways to ease the symptoms of eczema

Traditional methods of treating eczema are listed above, but there are some less common treatment methods available. Many believe that complementary therapies can be beneficial for eczema sufferers. Examples include evening primrose oil and Chinese herbal medicine.

The jury is very much still out on alternative and complementary therapies. They seem to work for some, while others experience no benefits. Doctors tend to recommend sticking to traditional medical treatments because they have scientific evidence to support the fact that they are effective. There is very little evidence to suggest that complementary therapies work.

Natural remedies, which are suggested for eczema, include:

  • Probiotics
  • Camomile
  • Liquorice
  • Witch hazel.

Bathing

Bathing in specially formulated lotions and soaks can help to relieve itchiness and reduce inflammation. Aveeno oil is a very popular product for eczema sufferers.