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How do I know I have Eczema?

1. Dry or peeling skin may be one of the first signs of eczema.  Redness may also appear.

2. Sometimes only the hands may be affected and this may be caused by using chemicals such as washing up liquids.

3. Eczema that tend to run in families often appears behind the knees or around the creases of the elbows.

How can I prevent Eczema or Dry skin?

1.    Avoid using strong soaps which wash out oils in the skin

2.    Avoid scratching

3.    Try non-biological washing powders/detergents to wash clothes.

4.    Avoid using fabric conditioners

5.    Use plenty of moisturisers on your skin to help prevent recurrence.

6.    You may find that some toiletries or perfumes may aggravate your eczema, if so it is better to avoid using them.

7.   Bubble baths sometimes flare up eczema.

8.    Avoid wearing irritant fabrics (e.g. wool), and if you have wool allergy you should avoid moisturizers which contain lanolin (wool oil).

9.    Avoid the skin from getting to hot or too cold.

Emollient Creams and Oils for Eczema

These may be helpful for cracked or dry skin.  These may also help relieve itching symptoms.  A lotion may be easier to apply on hairy skin.  You can also use moisturisers as a soap. Moisturisers used as a soap, may relieve the symptoms more effectively.

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Anti-histamine tablets for Eczema

Itching is a feature of eczema.  Anti-histamines (“Hay fever / anti-allergy tablets”) may help with calming down itching symptoms.   Some antihistamines can cause drowsiness (sedative anti-histamines), these may be very helpful for preventing itching during the night.

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Non-sedative Anti-histamines

In some people these may still cause mild drowsiness.

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Newer more effective non-sedative antihistamines (These are claimed to be the most effective non-drowsy antihistamines available).

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Steroid creams or ointments for eczema

These help by calming down the eczema and also help with itching.  It is best to use a milder steroid first (long term use of steroid creams i.e. over 4 weeks, may cause thinning and premature ageing of the skin).  Ointments are “greasier” (but contain less additives) and creams are “runnier” making them easier to apply.

Milder Steroid Creams or Ointments

 

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Stronger Steroid Creams or Ointments

 

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Antibiotic and Steroid cream combinations for eczema

Sometimes eczema may get infected.  These help by treating the infection and by calming down the eczema.  It is best to use these for short courses up to 10 days or so.  Ointments are “greasier” (but contain less additives) and creams are “runnier” making them easier to apply.

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Antibiotic, Anti-fungal and Steroid cream combinations for eczema

Sometimes eczema may get infected with a fungus as well as bacteria.  These help by treating the fungal and bacterial infection as well as calming down the eczema.  It is best to use these for short courses up to 10 days or so. Trimovate may cause yellow discolouration of white or light fabrics.

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Antibiotic tablets for eczema

Sometimes eczema may get infected and this may only respond to antibiotic tablets.

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It is best to read the medication pack leaflet carefully before you use any medication. If you have any side effects or if symptoms persist, you should discuss this with your usual medical practitioner.

 The above information is only to help you select the product you may require and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical conditions.   Although care has been taken in providing this information, Medicines2u.com gives no guarantee or assurance for the accuracy of the information and you should consult a doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional.

 

 

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