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Treatments and Remedies for Itch-Free Eczema Relief

Treatments and Remedies for Itch-Free Eczema Relief

Itchy and Scratchy debuted on The Simpsons in the fourth episode of the first season in 1990. Known for their gratuitous violence, they are two of the most unsavory cartoon characters ever. But ask anyone who has had to contend with eczema and they’ll tell you that their itchy and scratchy symptoms are just as unpleasant.

Eczema (also called atopic dermatitis or AD) can cause dry skin, itchiness and scaly rashes that can become infected. It can make it hard to sleep, cause emotional distress, social awkwardness or embarrassment. Often strangers are cruel, fearing that the skin condition is contagious. It isn’t. 

Treatment breakthroughs
There are two medications that can be very effective for some people. According to information coming from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Annual Scientific Meeting:

  • Crisaborole, the first anti-inflammatory medication approved for treatment of mild to moderate AD in over 15 years, is an ointment that reduces itching, redness and swelling. It’s for anyone two or older. A PDE-4 (phosphodiesterase 4) inhibitor, it tamps down immune system reactions that trigger inflammation and stimulates changes in the cells on the outer layer of skin.
  • Dupilumab is an injectable monoclonal antibody for folks 18-plus for whom other medications aren’t suitable or don’t work. It blocks interleukins 4 and 13, two cytokines associated with allergic inflammation.

Ask your doc if either of these is right for you. We hope so, ‘cause it would be great to scratch eczema off your list of difficult-to-treat irritations and conditions.

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