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How to treat eczema

Atopic eczema is a very common skin disorder that affects around 1 in 9 people in the UK at some point in their lives. Those who experience eczema are likely to suffer from dry and cracked skin. This can also be red and scaly and lead to blistering and bleeding. Although it can affect any part of the body, it is usually found on hands, inside the elbows, the back of knees, on the face, and scalp. People may have small patches of eczema or it may be widespread across the body.

When looking at how to treat eczema, there are a variety of available options. Prior to any treatment taking place, it is important to consult a specialist who is able to properly diagnose your condition.With the inexperienced, there is the possibility of confusing eczema with psoriasis. Searching for an eczema cure can see sufferers trying a variety of treatment methods until they find the one that is best suited to them. The best cure for eczema will be selected by your dermatologist who will also be able to advise the steps that you need to take to rid yourself of the symptoms.

What is the main cause of eczema?

Those looking at how to cure eczema permanently are often left wondering what caused the condition in the first place. Understanding the cause of the condition can often help find the best cure for eczema too. When it comes to the main cause, there is no single factor that leads to someone developing eczema. The underlying reason for the condition is down to the fact that skin is unable to retain moisture so this leads to it drying out. However, there are a combination of factors such as strong links between people experiencing eczema if they also suffer from asthma or hay fever. It is believed that there is also a family link so if your parents suffer from eczema, the chances of you suffering from the condition increase. 

When considering how to get rid of eczema, sufferers need to realise that certain triggers are likely to worsen their condition. Such triggers include:

This list is not exhaustive and the team at the Cadogan Clinic are able to assist you with recognising your own triggers.

How to treat eczema 

Anyone experiencing symptoms is keen to learn how to treat eczema. Symptoms can be very uncomfortable in terms of the physical side of the condition, but beyond this, there can also be a detrimental effect on people’s mental health and this can lead to long-term issues with self confidence. This makes finding out how to get rid of eczema a priority for sufferers. When it comes to effective treatment, some of the options available include:

Essentially, emollients are used as an effective way to moisturise the skin. They hydrate the skin and then form a protective layer. They are useful in preventing patches of inflammation and can be used as a cream, lotion, ointment, spray, or a soap substitute.

These are a man-made version of a hormone that we all naturally produce. When taken in higher doses they have the effect of reducing inflammation. As a topical treatment, it is added directly to the affected area and comes in the form of cream, lotion, and gel.

Our bodies produce histamine when they come into contact with something harmful. The reaction is an allergic one and eczema has close ties with other allergic reactions. Antihistamines block the body’s response and, where eczema is concerned, this can help reduce the itching that is associated with the condition.


Can eczema be cured?

Many people with the condition want to know how to cure eczema permanently, but this is something that is not possible. For most people, eczema is classed as a chronic condition meaning that it will affect them for the rest of their lives. What this doesn’t mean, however, is that sufferers will constantly have outbreaks and display the physical symptoms that are associated with the condition. In fact, it is common for the condition to improve with age and flare-ups may become less frequent the older someone gets. This doesn’t mean that the eczema has gone and there will still be a need to avoid known triggers and to take care of the skin. 

Even though there is no cure, it is important to know how to treat eczema. If the condition is left untreated it is unlikely to subside and there is then the risk of the skin becoming infected. A consultation with a dermatologist is important to ensure that your eczema is never allowed to reach this stage.

How to get rid of eczema 

Although there is no permanent cure for eczema, as we have seen there is a range of treatments available from a dermatologist. Alongside these treatments, there are also steps that people can take themselves to reduce the number and the severity of any outbreaks. These include:

Although the intense itching caused by eczema makes scratching understandable, by doing this more damage is being caused to the skin. Rather than scratch, an alternative is to press on the skin.

Wrapping bandages around the affected areas make it more difficult for you to scratch. It is also worth applying moisturiser before you put the bandage on as it may retain more of the moisture and keep your skin hydrated.

Hot and dry air indoors can aggravate the skin and lead to a flare-up. A humidifier is useful as it adds moisture to the air.

These and other emotional responses are known to affect eczema. Acknowledging that you are feeling stressed or anxious means that you can effectively deal with this and prevent it from impacting your condition. 

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