Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a common skin condition that affects people of all ages. It is characterized by redness, itching, dryness, and the formation of a rash or blisters. Eczema symptoms can be triggered by allergens, irritants, stress, and other factors. Fortunately, there are a variety of methods to both treat and manage eczema at home to alleviate discomfort1.
Identify and avoid triggers that may cause a flare-up or worsen existing symptoms. Soaps, detergents, fragrances, certain foods, dust mites, and animal dander among others are common triggers. Using gentle, fragrance-free cleansers and moisturizers can help to alleviate dry skin and relieve itching. Products designed for sensitive skin are free of irritants that can aggravate eczema symptoms.
Topical steroids and other topical treatments can reduce eczema symptoms. Topical steroids should only be used under a doctor's prescription as long-term use can thin the skin. Topical calcineurin inhibitors can also be used as an alternative to topical steroids. They work by reducing inflammation in the skin and can be used on areas where topical steroids are not recommended, such as the face, eyelids, or neck. Antihistamines can also help to reduce itching and relieve eczema symptoms.
Natural remedies can also help manage eczema symptoms. Soaking in a lukewarm bath with colloidal oatmeal or baking soda can soothe irritated skin. Applying a wet compress to affected areas can cool the skin and reduce inflammation. Using a humidifier in your home can add moisture to the air and prevent dry skin.
Home Phototherapy: For over 25 years, narrowband UVB phototherapy has been one of the safest and most effective treatments available for eczema2. It is recommended by several leading organizations such as the American Dermatology Association, National Eczema Association, and National Psoriasis Foundation. Zerigo Health’s UVB Smart Light Therapy3 is the next generation of phototherapy, offering a handheld device and personal coaching at no cost when offered through an employer or sponsoring health plan4.
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There is no cure for eczema. However, with proper treatment and management methods such as avoiding triggers, topical treatments, and home remedies, it is possible to reduce symptoms and their severity. Severe and persistent symptoms require professional medical advice.
1National Eczema Association. (n.d.). Eczema Basics. Retrieved November 22, 2021, from https://nationaleczema.org/eczema/. 2Joint American Academy of Dermatology: National Psoriasis Foundation guidelines of care for the management and treatment of psoriasis with phototherapy. 3The Zerigo Health Phototherapy System is an Ultraviolet Light Emitting Medical Device. It is intended for use in localized phototherapeutic treatment of dermatologic conditions such as psoriasis, vitiligo, atopic dermatitis (eczema), seborrheic dermatitis, and leukoderma on all skin types (I-VI). 4The Zerigo Health Solution may be provided as a value-added benefit by your pharmacy or employer health plan. A copay or co-insurance may be required when you see a physician to request a prescription for phototherapy treatment.