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Eczema (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

If twice daily applications of 1% hydrocortisone cream (available without a prescription) are insufficient to control the rash, then the individual should see a physician.

If someone is so uncomfortable that his/her sleep, work, or other daily activities are disrupted, he/she needs a more effective treatment and should see a health-care professional.

Generally, eczematous dermatitis is not an emergency and should not be handled in a hospital emergency department. Exceptions include the following:

  • When the skin becomes so irritated that it breaks down and becomes infected; if the rash has become red, hot, and painful; if red streaks are coming from the rash; or if the individual has a fever, an emergency department visit may be necessary if it's not possible to see a health-care professional within 24 hours.
  • Any person with a weakened immune system or certain medical conditions (such as diabetes, on chemotherapy, alcoholism, AIDS, older than 70 years of age) and symptoms of infection should go immediately to a hospital emergency department.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/22/2014

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