How to…Manage Your Skin Condition – Eczema


Manage Your Eczema Treatment with Dermovate & Timodine


Eczema is a condition that causes the skin to become itchy, red, dry and cracked. It is most commonly seen amongst children, but it can also affect adults too. Despite there being no cure for it as yet, in the large majority of cases it is fairly easy to manage with the correct eczema treatment.

Although the exact causes of eczema are unknown, as up to 80% of children with eczema will also develop hay fever and/or asthma at some point in their lives, many doctors believe its origins are linked to allergic reactions.

Other mooted causes include irritants, allergens, microbes, hot or cold temperatures, foods, stress and hormones.

Irritants: Irritants are very personal to the individual, in so far as what affects one individual, may not affect another. However, soaps and detergents, shampoos, bubble bath, disinfectants and juices from fresh fruit, meat and vegetables have all been known to instigate the onset of eczema.

Allergens: Allergens are substances that can cause the body to react ‘abnormally’ and have an allergic reaction. Some of the most common allergens that can cause eczema include dust mites, pets, pollens, molds and even dandruff.

Microbes: Some types of microbe can trigger off eczema such as certain types of bacteria, viruses and fungi.

Hot or cold temperatures: Extremes in temperature have been known to cause eczema. These include hot weather, high and/or low humidity, and perspiration from exercise when the body over heats.

Foods: Studies of children with eczema have revealed that up to two-thirds also had a food allergy, most commonly against food stuffs such as dairy products, eggs, nuts and seeds, soy products and wheat.

Stress: Stress is commonly associated with eczema but it is not fully understood how it actually affects the condition. Some people with eczema have worse symptoms when they are stressed, whereas for others, their eczema causes them to feel stressed.

Hormones: Hormones are chemicals produced by the body. Fluctuations in hormone levels, particularly in women, can cause eczema to appear, or worsen.

Due to the pure volume of potential causes, finding the exact one can be a long process. However, the reaction within the body is always the same. When irritated, the body releases certain chemicals that despite being important in the immune system, cause blood vessels to widen, resulting in the skin of the affected area becoming, red, swollen, itchy and painful.

Similarly there is a large selection of eczema treatment available, the majority of which ease the symptoms in the same way; by decreasing the release of these chemicals in the skin and thus relieving the swelling, redness and itching.

Dermovate is a steroid based cream used primarily to treat inflammations and skin irritations, in particular eczema and psoriasis. When Dermovate is applied to the affected area it reduces the amount of irritable substances from being released, thus easing the symptoms of eczema.

Locoid (Fluticasone Propionate) Cream
Locoid cream and ointment both contain the active ingredient hydrocortisone butyrate, which is a type of medicine called a topical corticosteroid. Like dermovate, Locoid targets the blood vessels in the infected area, reducing the symptoms of eczema and dermatitis.

Fucidin H Cream
Fucidin H contains two different medicines, fusidic acid and hydrocortisone acetate. Fusidic acid is an antibacterial which can help treat certain types of skin infections, whereas hydrocortisone acetate reduces inflammation. Both combine to help to relieve the symptoms of inflammatory skin problems, such as eczema.

Timodine cream contains four active ingredients, hydrocortisone, nystatin, benzalkonium chloride and dimeticone. Hydrocortisone is another type of corticosteroid (or steroid) and is used to decrease inflammation in the skin. When Timodine is applied to the skin it is absorbed into the skin cells, in turn reducing inflammation and other symptoms related to eczema.

These are just a few examples of the many eczema treatments available; to see more or to purchase eczema medication, please click here. -

As mentioned before, the various treatments unfortunately won’t cure eczema, but if used correctly, will certainly allow you to control it, rather than the other way around.

Before starting any course of treatment, please make sure that you read and understand the labelled directions and any potential side effects.

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