Eczema is a chronic skin condition that causes red, itchy, patchy areas of skin. Sometimes these patches weep, which means they ooze. This usually indicates an infection. You can do several things to dry up and prevent weeping.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- 1/4 cup bleach
- Witch hazel extract
- Topical and/or oral antibiotics
- Anti-itch medications
- Baking soda or oatmeal
Talk to your doctor about medications available to treat the weeping. Your doctor will give you oral antibiotics and possibly a topical one as well. Take the whole course of treatment and do not stop early; this ensures the infection is completely eradicated.
Avoid scratching to dry up weeping and prevent it. Scratching can lead to skin breakage, which allows bacteria to enter the skin and will worsen current oozing. Over-the-counter antihistamines, hydrocortisone creams and calamine lotion can relieve itching. Stronger prescription steroid creams are also an option. Cut your nails and cover the area to avoid temptation to scratch. Cool compresses and baths with baking soda or oatmeal can also relieve itching.
Take a bleach bath. Add one-half cup of bleach to a bath filled with warm water. The bleach kills the bacteria that cause infection and will dry up your weeping patches. Remain in the water for five to 10 minutes. Do not do this more than twice a week and do not use more than the suggested amount of bleach.
Ask your doctor about topical witch hazel. Liquid solutions containing this herb are very astringent, meaning they have drying properties. Witch hazel is also very antiseptic. It might help you dry up the oozing. Scientific evidence is lacking and evidence of benefit is anecdotal, based on a long history of traditional use.
Tips and warnings
- Consult your doctor about all treatment options you are interested in to make sure they are appropriate for your circumstances. Take all medications as directed and follow any other advice your doctor gives to dry up weeping eczema.
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