Font Size
A
A
A
...
8
...

Eczema (cont.)

Eczema Medical Treatment and Medications

Once your health-care professional is sure you 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 your health-care professional determines that you have a secondary bacterial infection complicating your 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 chemotherapeutic agents.

Allergy shots (immunotherapy) usually do not work in eczema.

Must Read Articles Related to Eczema

Asthma
Asthma Asthma is a disease that affects the breathing passages of the lungs (bronchioles). Asthma may be caused by genes and environmental factors. Asthma causes wheez...learn more >>
Contact Dermatitis
Contact Dermatitis Dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin. Contact dermatitis is a localized rash or irritation of the skin caused by contact with a foreign substance.learn more >>
Food Allergy
Food Allergy For someone with a food allergy, eating or swallowing even a tiny amount of a particular food can cause symptoms such as skin rash, nausea, vomiting, cramping, ...learn more >>

Patient Comments & Reviews

The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Eczema:

Eczema - Experience

Please describe your experience with eczema.

Eczema - Effective Treatments

What treatment has been effective for your Eczema?

Eczema - Symptoms and Signs

What are your eczema symptoms and signs?





Read What Your Physician is Reading on Medscape

Dyshidrotic Eczema »

Dyshidrotic eczema is a recurrent or chronic relapsing form of vesicular palmoplantar dermatitis of unknown etiology.

Read More on Medscape Reference »


Medical Dictionary