Chronic eczema treatment comes in a variety of different ways, including medications that reduce the symptoms associated with this skin condition.
Types of Chronic Eczema Treatment Options
Steroids can be used to alleviate eczema symptoms fairly quickly. Usually, these treatments are prescribed by a doctor and are available as a cream, injection or pill.
These treatments can help to reduce inflammation, but should only be used for a short period of time as it may cause serious side effects if it is taken for too long. Be sure to talk with your doctor about all the side effects associated with whatever steroid you may choose for the treatment of your chronic eczema.
This type of treatment can help to relieve the itching caused by eczema. Most allergy medicines such as Benadryl are also antihistamines and are available for purchase over the counter. A doctor can also prescribe an antihistamine to you, but it is advised that you take these medications at night as they may cause you to feel drowsy.
Immune System Drugs
Certain drugs are available to stop the immune system from overreacting and causing a reaction or inflammation on the skin. These medications can be available as a pill, such as cyclosporine, methotrexate, and mycophenolate. Some can also be available as an ointment, such as tacrolimus and pimecrolimus.
Drugs that target the immune system should not be given to children. Additonally, side effects may also include higher risks of infections and cancer.
Phototherapy is a type of light therapy that involves a patient being put under UVB light in order to reduce itching and inflammation. This should be prescribed by a doctor and, in small doses, has been said to reduce eczema symptoms in one month or more.
Remember to talk with your doctor before you decide to take any of these medications. Together you should be able to determine which treatment could work best for you and your condition.
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