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Eczema (cont.)

Eczema Medical Treatment and Medications

Once a health-care professional is sure someone have 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 4/22/2014

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