Oral antihistamines, such as Benadryl, are used to treat severe allergic itching associated with eczema, and oral corticosteroids, such as prednisone, may be prescribed to treat acute eczema outbreaks.
Topical corticosteroids may be used to relieve skin inflammation and itching in the short term, however for long-term topical inflammation and itch relief, non-steroid immunosuppressant creams like Elidel or Protopic may be recommended.
Minimizing exposure to soaps and detergents, using gentle, soothing skin care products and keeping skin moisturized may also be an important part of treating your eczema.
Many patients with a diagnosis of Eczema are allergic to chemicals such as fragrances, preservatives, and dyes. We offer skin allergy testing (Patch testing) to determine if an allergy is the cause of your symptoms. Note that this is a different type of testing from scratch testing done by an allergist (which checks for respiratory allergies).
Would you like to learn more about Eczema Treatment? Call us to schedule a consultation at Clovis Dermatology.