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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 you should see your physician.

If you are so uncomfortable that your sleep, work, or other daily activities are disrupted, you need a more effective treatment and should see your health-care provider.

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 you have a fever, an emergency department visit may be necessary if you cannot see your regular health-care provider 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.

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