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Eczema Medical Treatment and Medications
Once a health-care professional is sure someone has atopic dermatitis, the mainstays of therapy are anti-inflammatory medications and relief from the itching.
Prescription-strength steroid cream and antihistamine medications are the usual treatments.
If a health-care professional determines that someone has a secondary bacterial infection complicating their rash, an oral antibiotic may be prescribed.
For severe cases not responding to high-potency steroid cream, alternate treatments may be tried. These include coal tar, ultraviolet light exposure, and systemic anti-inflammatory agents.
Allergy shots (immunotherapy) usually do not work in eczema.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/12/2015
Jeffrey John Meffert, MD
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