Eczema: Signs & Treatments
Red, swollen, INTENSELY itchy or burning skin is the first sign of a flare up. Depending on how bad your case is, this can turn into dry flaking or blisters and seeping lesions. These patches can show up anywhere on the body, but usually appear on the inside of your elbows, backs of the knees, and on your face and hands.//The most common method of attack is a prescribed topical medication. Corticosteroid creams and ointments can be used to control the itch. The only downside-- long term use can cause the skin to thin and lighten. Immunomodulators make up a newer type of topical cream that reduces both inflammation and your immune system's reaction, and have few side effects. When topical medications aren't enough, your doctor may give you a stronger oral corticosteroid. Antibiotics may also be used if the skin has become infected. In severe cases, you may be given an immune suppressing medication, but only for a short period of time because of harmful side effects like increased risk of cancer and infections.
Last Updated:July 16, 2012