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Eczema Treatments

May 20, 2008
Eczematous dermatitis or as it is more commonly referred to by laypeople, eczema is a disorder of the skin or derma. It manifests itself as round coin-sized patches of dryness on the skin. It can be the result of allergies, both medical and natural. The real cause is unknown for the most part. Eczema's symptoms are led by dry skin. It is a common occurrence in the winter when the air is dry and cold. The eczema outbreak can be worsened by chemicals such as harsh soaps or strong detergents. Bathing too frequently (more than once a day) can also worsen the outbreak. The condition can be worsened even by the mildest soaps. Any eczema treatment used cannot promise instant cures. They take time to work and are designed to provide prolonged relief.

Eczema's intensity can be affected by things such as intense climate or medical allergies, but neither of these is the cause for the disorder. The level and intensity of the disease determines the eczema treatment best for the situation. The simplest and most common method of eczema treatment is prescription high-powered ointment applied to the affected area. Faster and more effective healing can be had with many types of prescriptions under medical supervision.

Do you suffer from stinging skin eruptions, severe itching, swelling and redness of the skin? These are all common symptoms of various types of eczema. Perhaps you should consider wrap therapy. This soothing therapy involves taking a bath with emollient oil and then wrapping affected areas with wet bandages soaked in warm water or specific moisturizers. The wet bandages can be used even on the face. The wet bandages are covered with dry bandages to retain the moisture in the wrap. A daily routine of applying emollients or moisturizers will enhance the effectiveness of the wraps. This procedure although quite effective doesn't alleviate the need to take other prescribed medicine. The wraps can be quite time consuming however it is one of the most effective non-prescription eczema treatments. They will help to restore the skin's texture and elasticity.

Eczema treatments are not limited to medicines and chemicals. There are natural cures and these cures can make the skin smooth and healthy. Emollients are the best natural moisturizer for people who suffer from eczema. Regular moisturizers and creams available in the marketplace are not as oily as emollient moisturizers. Emollient oils can be added to your bath water or applied directly to the body before taking a shower. In the summer season when it is hot and sticky, you can put the emollients in the fridge so when you do apply them, they cool and soothe the skin.

Another example of eczema treatments are two types of phototherapy treatments. The two types of phototherapy are psoralen (also called psoralene) plus UVA exposure and UV light therapy. The affected areas of the skin are drenched with ultraviolet A or ultraviolet B rays or both at the same time. This method is an effective alternative to medicines and chemicals. Utmost care must be taken using these treatment methods and should only be done under the guidance of a doctor. This treatment is usually prescribed for three to five times a week.

While these treatments are an effective cure against eczema and will bring the condition under control, you may also need to make some lifestyle changes to make them more effective
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