How to stop eczema from itching

Written by marc meth, md
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The best method to neutralise the eczema itch is help preserve the integrity of your skin barrier. This is done by moisturising your skin, often several times daily. Hypoallergenic creams and ointments are usually preferred. When moisturisers fail to neutralize itching, doctors often prescribe topical corticosteroids which reduce the inflammation when applied to your skin. They should be used sparingly, though, as they have the potential to thin out skin, especially when used on your face. Rarely, corticosteroids or other immunosuppressants taken by mouth may be used in severe cases. Antihistamines, such as diphenhydramine, do little to help the itching associated with eczema and accomplish more with their sedative properties to help a person with eczema get a good night's rest.

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