What Treatments are Available for Eczema?
Your ZENA Medical dermatologist will customize an eczema treatment plan that gives you relief. This plan begins with preventative and topical treatments, then moves on to other methods if those do not achieve the desired results.
Treating your skin gently to avoid irritation can help prevent flare-ups. Prevention includes regular moisturizing and avoiding your triggers. Triggers can include hot or cold temperatures, harsh or drying skincare products, stress, certain fabrics, and scented products like laundry detergent. Even if your eczema is under reasonable control, avoiding triggers will help prevent a new flare-up.
Topical treatments often include over-the-counter or prescription steroids. These should be used under the supervision of your dermatologist and only as often as recommended. Several other prescription products can improve the skin’s barrier and prevent irritation. Your dermatologist can test different topical products to find one that works for you.
The American Academy of Dermatology reports that several oral medications can make a dramatic difference for some people with eczema. These medications are not FDA-approved for eczema, but experienced dermatologists can prescribe them safely. Since oral medications can have more side effects, these may be used if other treatments do not work.
Laser and Light Therapy
Light and laser therapy have been proven effective for treating eczema. Lasers use a targeted beam of light that can include UVB energy, the type most effective against eczema. Your dermatologist can use the laser anywhere your eczema bothers you, including your hands and feet.