Eczema Treatment

Eczema can be very different for everyone, but the symptoms are the same for adults or babies – dry skin, itchiness and rashes. While there is no cure for Eczema, it can be managed and treated to minimize flare-ups.

Learn more about the causes of Eczema.

Treatments can include the following:
1. Pills: Treatments such as systemic corticosteroids and immunosuppressants can be given in pill, liquid or injection to help suppress the overreaction of the immune system and relieve symptoms of Eczema.
2. Creams: Creams and moisturizers such as topical corticosteroids, barrier repair moisturizers and topical immunomodulators help relieve itching and reduce inflammation.
3. Phototherapy: Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light can help treat moderate to severe eczema. UV rays help prevent the immune system from overreacting.
4. Herbal Remedies: Natural remedies are sometimes favoured, particularly for babies with Eczema. In some cases natural topical applications such as aloe vera gel or calendula lotion can help reduce inflammation and soothe the skin. Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), found in evening primrose oil, black currant oil and borage oil can also help relieve symptoms. Take 500 mg twice a day and expect to wait six to eight weeks to see results. Therapies in both homeopathy and traditional Chinese medicine have also found some results for sufferers of Eczema.

The above Eczema treatments can be used separately or together depending on your personal situation.

For tips on identifying and managing Eczema in babies, kids or adults, visit our Skin Care Tips page or our Online Resources section.