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What's the best treatment for eczema?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

Caring for eczema is often focused on reducing the intense itching and dryness associated with the condition. This includes a good daily skin care regimen with the use of mild cleansers and moisturizers to hydrate skin.

Treating eczema starts with halting the itch-scratch cycle and usually includes a dry-skin care routine. This would entail using very mild cleansers, avoiding washcloths, and being diligent about applying rich moisturizers to the skin while it’s still damp right out of the shower. Topical anti-inflammatory such as cortisone creams can also help. Several treatment options are available depending on how bad your particular eczema is, and by your figuring out if there is a specific irritant triggering the condition. Your doctor can help you with this.

From The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Whole New You by Amy Wechsler.

The best treatment for eczema will probably include creams and moisturizers. Moisturizer makes the skin stronger, and cream from the doctor helps make the angry, red itch go away. Keeping skin clean is really important, too. It’s important to put lots of moisturizer all over the body, and then to put cream on the parts that are angry, red and itchy. If the creams don't work, a doctor can prescribe special medicine.

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