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Are There Medical Treatments and Medications for Eczema?
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.
A variety of diets have been proposed for eczema relief. These may be structured on the results of allergy testing or may be chosen for their content of foods that tend not to provoke allergic responses. Not everyone put on restrictive eczema diets improves, and many patients with severe eczema show no testing evidence of food allergies. For that reason, a change in diet, if desired, should be considered as an additional step in treatment rather than a primary one, and if the patient notices they itch more when eating any identified food or drink, it would be best if they avoid it.
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Last Reviewed 11/20/2017
Jeffrey John Meffert, MD
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