Treat Eczema and Psoriasis

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Eczema, also know as dermatitis, is characterized by dry, scaly, and itchy skin common on the face, neck, hands, elbows, wrists and/or knees. It's caused by the inability of the skin to retain enough water. Causes range from contact with detergents or other harsh substances (contact dermatitis), to emotional stress. Often, the cause of eczema is unknown.

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A common form of eczema is called "Atopic Dermatitis". You are a likely candidate if you have a personal or family history of asthma, hay fever, or other allergies. Allergies are hyper immune conditions. Basically, the body over reacts to things that for other people are not an issue. Recent studies suggest that certain foods - such as citrus fruits, wheat, eggs, and nuts--might also be responsible for some cases of eczema.

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Types of Eczema

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    Atopic Eczema -
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    This type of eczema commonly affects children
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    Studies reveal that the environment can cause atopic eczema. It might be a reaction to some allergens like dust mites and pollen. Researchers also said it can be genetic, and children may develop atopic eczema if one of their parents has it now, or had it in the past. Atopic Eczma is frequently connected to food allergies. There's no definite length on how long the atopic eczema will stay on the skin, and it often is a re-occurring condition. Anti-itch creams can help ease pruritus (itchiness). Try to avoid the things that triggers the eczema like pollen, dust mites, and foods you are hypersensitive to.
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    Contact Eczema -
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    It is a type of eczema that reacts to things that irritate the skin, including; detergents, soaps, raw food, very cold wind, bleach etc
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    Irritant contact eczema is usually evident in the hands and/or face. Often, the medical professional will simply call it "dermatitis". Antihistamines can be taken to help relieve the itching, but it's most important to avoid things that trigger it.
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    Seborrhoeic Eczema -
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    This type commonly affects the scalp, the face, behind the ears and on the eyelids
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    The rash usually appears in areas where there are a large number of sebaceous glands (an oil-producing gland attached to hair follicles). The glands secrete a mixture of fats. Seborrhoeic eczema is most often found on the head because sebaceous glands are found in profusion on the scalp. Medicated shampoos that contain tar and salicylic acid are recommended to treat eczema of the scalp. A mild steroid cream may be prescribed by your doctor if the eczema is very itchy and inflamed.
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    Discoid Eczema -
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    This is a type of eczema that can affect any part of the body
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    Usually, it can be seen on the lower legs. Rashes appear in circles - round like a coin. There is no known cause, but many believe it may be caused by a bacterial infection, a simply injury, a burn or insect bites. Always hydrate the skin as it may help reduce the itching. Using emollients may help replace moisture to your dry skin. It will also protect you from irritants.
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    Gravitational Eczema - It is commonly called, "Varicose eczema".
    It usually appears around varicose veins. There is a lot of pressure around varicose veins. As the pressure on the vein increases, it can damage the skin and may develop gravitational eczema or varicose eczema. Emollients and corticosteroid creams are recommended to manage the eczema. Elastic medical compression stockings/socks are also recommended by many doctors, to improve the blood circulation and may help varicose veins. You just need to wear them every day.
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    Asteatotic Eczema - It is a condition that may be due to extreme water loss from the skin.
    It is more common in older people. It is also common in the winter or cold weather. Asteatotic Eczemea is also called as Xerotic eczema. It means dry or lack of oil. Applying a mild topical cream and use of cream cleansers may help treat the rash.
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    Dyshidrotic Eczema - It is also called as Pompholyx.
    It is fluid filled blisters that usually occur on the palms of the hands or on the feet. Rubbing a topical ointment on the affected area may help treat the problem. Some doctors may prescribe corticosteroid pill that you should be taken orally.
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    Scaly Hand Eczema.
    This type of eczema is characterized by thickened, and cracked skin that can be very painful. It is found on the hands, but mainly on the palms. It is also found on the bottom soles of the feet.
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What Causes Eczema?

Like any other allergy, we don't actually know what "causes" eczema in the first place, but we know what things make it flare up, and what things may be present that will make someone more vulnerable to getting eczema.

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    Eczema can be attributed to several factors including genetics, environment and a hyper response of the immune system, but the exact causes are still not known.
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    Although it is not a contagious disease, eczema can be inherited.
    If your parents have, or have had eczema, you are at a much higher risk of having getting it as well.
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    The environment has effects on eczema.
    Living in an environment that has allergens may trigger this disease. Dust mites, chemicals in soaps, certain foods, plants, and pollution can all exacerbate eczema.
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    Hormonal changes, colds, flu, stress, and bacterial infections can also cause eczema.
    Changes in the body may trigger the symptoms as the immune system fights or responds to protect the body.
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How to Ease Eczema

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    Avoid drying out the skin.
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    Limit baths and showers and the use of soap.
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    Use hypoallergenic makeup, or none at all.
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    Wear rubber gloves for dish washing and other household chores.
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    Wear cotton clothing.
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    Swimming in fresh or chlorinated pool water can aggravate eczema, but salt waster is not harmful.
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    Most complications result from scratching or rubbing.
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    Trim nails to minimize the effects of scratching.
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    Do not apply anesthetic lotions or antihistamine creams unless your doctor prescribes them.
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    Try using a cool gauze dressing soaked in diluted Burrow's solution.
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    Apply the dressing three times a day for about 15 minutes.
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    It's very important never to scratch your eyelids.
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Treatments for Eczema

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    Nummular Eczema Treatment.
    Nummular eczema treatment for can only be done by a dermatologist. Attempting to cure it yourself may just worsen your condition. Nevertheless, there are also steps or actions that will be required of you. You should do your best to protect your skin from further injuries or scrapes.
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    Bath and Moisturizer.
    Taking a 20-minute lukewarm bath every day and applying a moisturizer to your damp skin a few minutes at the end your bath, is the most effective way to re-hydrate your skin. Ask your dermatologist to recommend bath products, oils and soap.
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    Prescriptions.
    Your dermatologist will also prescribe medications appropriate for your condition. The medications can be applied to the skin as creams and ointments or be taken orally.
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    Organic Oats.
    First of all – your best bet is to use Certified organic gluten-free oats. When you are treating someone whose skin is already hyper sensitive, it is foolish to use anything that might contain chemicals that will make the condition worse. Using a food processor or coffee grinder, blend some oats until they become a very fine powder. You can test the consistency of your milled oats by mixing a spoonful with a glass of water. The water will become cloudy. That's normal. Instant or flavored oats are not an option. Add a few handfuls of your colloidal (very finely ground like flour) oatmeal to lukewarm water and stir the mixture until you get the milky texture. Pour into a bath and soak your body in the water for around 15 minutes. Afterwards, rinse your body and dry yourself with a towel.
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    Vaseline is Suitable for Babies and Adults.
    Petroleum jelly is hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing, so it can even be used on the delicate skin of babies. The product is also free of colors and fragrances that could trigger allergies and reactions in young ones. Petroleum jelly is also effective as a barrier to keep moisture on the skin. You can even include petroleum jelly in your daily skin care routine as an alternative to commercialized moisturizers.
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When the protective barrier is no longer functioning, cracks, infection and sensitivity can quickly take their toll on your skin. With the help of this skin regimen, your skin will have its own shield against harmful elements.

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Does Selsun Blue Help Eczema?

There have been many cases where people with eczema reported that using this medicated dandruff shampoo has diminished signs of eczema. The ingredient selenium sulphide, is said to be very effective in helping with this problem. Always be sure to check with your doctor before trying or testing anything new on your skin.

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Wonder Honey for Eczema

Honey is a magical food. It is the only food that has no expiration date. It is loved by many, but especially by A.A. Milne's beloved bear, Winnie the Pooh. A lot has been said and written about the history of honey, the benefits of honey, and the many uses of honey in different applications, from the mundane to the most amazing, throughout history.

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Honey, as we all know, is this sweet delicacy made by bees from their collection of nectar from flowers. There is nothing more natural and earth-friendly than that. Although currently nearly all honey is being produced in cultured environments such as bee farms, most beekeepers have maintained a commitment to the naturalness and purity of real honey.

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In history, honey was known as a talisman and a symbol of sweetness. In mythology and history, it seemed honey was used as an offering to gods and goddesses. In ancient cultures, it was used to embalm the dead. In modern religion, honey is used to symbolize the Jewish new year of Rosh Hashanah. In modern culture, honey is now a term of endearment of a significant other. In food, honey was used and is still being used as a major ingredient in healthy alternatives to pastries and other sweet dishes. Basically, honey has been, is and always will be ubiquitous in human culture, regardless of time, location or era, unless man manages to wipe them out with their toxic pesticides and herbicides.

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While this sweet and natural product has played a major role in different applications ranging from food to pop culture, from ancient history to religion, honey has also been regarded as one of the most useful food where the field of medicine is concerned.

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Since Cleopatra's time, honey has been attributed to a multitude of things from curing hangovers to cancer. Honey has anti-bacterial properties and is used to treat certain allergies, treat chronic leg ulcers and gout, and cure common colds. It is also said to kill some bacteria that is resistant to everything else. Honey is, indeed a wonder and magical food that is inexpensive and valuable for our well-being.

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What most people don't know is honey can be used to relieve and treat eczema. This chronic skin disease affects one out of five youngsters, but eases as the patient gets older. Since honey is a pure by-product of nature, it is one of the most used ingredients in alternative/traditional medicine or home remedies. Although there has been no definitive cure for eczema, basic home remedies have been looked into and it is with no surprise that honey has had the most mention without generating controversy or side effects.

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How to Use Honey For Eczema

Using of honey to alleviate the effects of eczema such as flaking of skin, itchiness, rashes, and inflammation are varied. Try an of the following suggestions, and use what works for you:

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    Applying directly on the affected area with an equal amount of cinnamon powder.
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    Drink a glass of lukewarm water with half a squeezed lemon mixed with a teaspoon of honey every morning.
    When improvements have been noticed, continue with this treatment.
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    Drink a glass of water with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed with a teaspoon of honey three times a day with meals.
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There is nothing to lose or worry about when taking honey for medical reasons or normal consumption. After all, honey is a wonder food �" a beautiful gift from Mother Nature, and honey bees.

Different Anti-Eczema Vitamins

Eczema is a skin disorder characterized by rashes, flaky skin, inflammation and itchiness. Although not a contagious illness like those that are fungus-related, eczema can cause physical and psychological damage to the sufferer.

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Eczema is more of a symptom. There is no known cure for eczema yet, partly due to the fact they don't really know what causes it, just what complicates it. Scientists, medical doctors and alternative medicine practitioners, have conducted hundreds of studies, tests and experiments, but there is still no answer.

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From the use of honey to Evening Primrose Oil, from pharmaceuticals to ancient herbalists, a multitude of remedies have been recommended. Honey has been known to relieve the itchiness and dryness of the skin brought by eczema. Evening primrose oil and borage seed oil have been thought as possible cures but were discredited by medical professionals to be ineffective and useless.

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Other apparent cures with no proven claims include any seeds with gamma linoleic acid component; think blackcurrant seeds, �"and the use of zinc as well. Some eczema patients who have tried any of the following, bifidobacteria, lactobacillus, and rice bran, have said that there have been noticeable improvements on the affected areas.

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Other things that have been used to relieve eczema don't have enough evidence to further the studies. These include; food, fruits, vitamins, and the like are grapefruit, licorice, schizonopeta, tribulus and vitamin B12. Common vitamins such as C, D, and E have been discussed as bringing valuable relief as well, are not advisable to take in huge doses when suffering from the ailment.

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    Vitamin C.
    Vitamin C is known as the ultimate vitamin to boost the immune system is, not recommended to take in large dosage. There have been reports that too much consumption of vitamin C can result in a recurrence of eczema in adult patients. Even if eczema diminishes as the patient gets older, there is a chance of it coming back, especially when consuming too much Vitamin C.
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    Vitamin E.
    Vitamin E is present in numerous beauty products at the moment. It is improves the skin by maintaining the moisture level, resulting in youthful-looking skin. Applying vitamin E to the affected area of the skin will alleviate the dryness, flaking and itching brought about by the inflammation of eczema.
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    Vitamin D.
    Studies on children with eczema and the effect of high dosages of Vitamin D have been implemented and monitored by renowned medical doctors. They have proven that through supplements, an increase in Vitamin D in kids with eczema have brought about significant improvements. There was also a study that showed kids with deficiencies in Vitamin D develop worse cases and flare ups of eczema.
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In a nutshell, albeit, the medical world is still working on finding a cure for eczema, with proper hygiene, nutrition, and vitamin supplements, effects of eczema can be lessened, prevented, and eased. And although there are a lot of ideas about what alleviates the discomfort of eczema, find what works for you specifically, through trial and error, and stick with it.

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How Effective is Borage Oil for Eczema?

Eczema is a chronic skin illness usually developed during childhood. Although without absolute treatment, eczema has been known to improve as its patient gets older. There have been many studies and experiments conducted on how to cure this skin condition. As of late, and which has been controversial of sorts, is the use of borage oil for either temporary or permanent remedy of eczema.

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Borage oil, or the oil from borage seeds, has one of the highest amounts of y-linoleic acid or GLA found in any seed oils, such as blackcurrant seed or evening primrose oil. With this component, borage seed oil is known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-thrombotic effects, which were the basis for studies conducted on its efficacy in treating rheumatism, anti-inflammatory illnesses, arthritis, respiratory inflammation and, of course, eczema.

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Some controversy surrounds Borage, as with other, inexpensive treatments. The Pharmaceutical companies make a lot of money on prescriptions, and they resist admitting anything works they can't make money on. The scientific world insists that through studies, experiments, and surveys, neither Borage Oil, nor Evening Primrose Oil, has any noticeable affect on eczema. They've also cautioned that the chemicals in both of the seed's oils can cause over-bleeding due to its anticoagulant component. It is not advisable to those already taking blood-thinning drugs to consume either of these oils. It is also not recommended that borage oils to be taken by pregnant women as another chemical in the seed oil can cause premature labor. Borage Oil taken in high dosages has been known to cause seizures.

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In contrast to conventional medicine's attempt to downplay the effectiveness of Borage Oil, alternative medicine practitioners attest to the value and effectiveness of borage oil for eczema. Some who've been afflicted with this disorder and have used of borage oil have testified that is has alleviate the effects of eczema on their skin.

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For people suffering with eczema, there really is no harm in trying the above mentioned, as long as you try them in moderation, and especially until you know the affect it has on you. Like with any cure to illnesses or an attempt to take a drug, natural or not, it is important to consult a doctor for safety reasons. The opinions of the pharmaceutical companies, as everyone else's, should be reviewed and taken with a grain of Himalayan Pink Salt. Ultimately, you do what is best for you.

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Psoriasis

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Eczema can be confused with other skin conditions, such as psoriasis, another chronic skin condition. Psoriasis appears as silvery skin patches, or plaques, which are often on the knees, elbows, and scalp. Normally, skin cells mature and are shed once a month. With psoriasis, this occurs at a much faster rate - every three to four days. Because the dermis (lower layer of skin cells) is dividing so rapidly, dead cells accumulate in thicker-than-normal patches on the epidermis (skin's outermost layer). The symptoms of this chronic disease typically come and go over weeks or months and then disappear altogether.

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As many as 4 to 5 million Americans deal with psoriasis. Although there is no cure, the right therapy can help control symptoms. Care is individualized and based on the severity of symptoms. Treatment may consist of self-care, phototherapy, (exposure to ultraviolet or infrared light) and a variety of medications to help relieve the scaling.

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How to Treat Psoriasis

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    Bathe daily to help soak off the scales.
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    Avoid hot water or harsh soaps.
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    Use an unscented moisturizer that does not contain lanolin.
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    Treat small patches with occasional use of hydrocortisone cream.
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    Try medicated shampoos for scalp psoriasis.
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If you think you have psoriasis, consult your doctor for a treatment plan that is best for your symptoms. If you've been diagnosed with psoriasis and your current treatment is no longer working, call your doctor. There are new products being developed all the time that may help.

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Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • NEVER give a baby under the age of 1 honey. You can use it on their skin, but baby's can get botulism from honey, if they are too young.
  • Use an unscented moisturizer for eczema relief.
  • Wool and synthetic materials may irritate eczema.
  • Sweat aggravates eczema, so wear lightweight, loose fitting clothes, especially during exercise.
  • Anything that is drying to your skin will worsen psoriasis.
  • Head & Shoulders, Selsun Blue, and Capitrol are shampoos you can try to help treat scalp psoriasis.
  • Don't take Borage Oil if you're pregnant.
  • High dosages of Borage Oil, has been known to cause seizures.
  • Don't take either Borage Oil or Evening Primrose Oil if you are already on anti-coagulants.
  • Borage Oil, taken in high dosages, has been known to cause seizures.
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Questions and Answers

How to treat mild dyshidrotic dermatitis?

Dyshidrotic dermatitis or Dyshidrotic eczema is a condition in the skin with small itchy fluid-filled blisters. It also can include all or some of the following; itchiness in the affected skin, scaly or flaky patches, reddish, cracked and painful skin. In response to your query, treating mild dyshidrotic dermatitis is different from treating severe dyshidrotic dermatitis. The usual treatment for mild dyshidrotic dermatitis may include topical steroid ointments and creams, as well as anti-itch medicines like Benadryl and Claritin. Apply the topical creams two times a day and the anti-itch medicines once a day before bedtime. Petroleum jelly (Vaseline) is also good for treating mild dyshidrotic dermatitis. Apply it on the affected part two times a day.

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Depending on the degree of the condition, treatment for mild dyshidrotic dermatitis may include the following:

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    Costicosteroids.
    Applying costicosteroid creams and ointments may hasten the disappearance of the blisters. Wrapping plastic wrap around the affected area can boost absorption. After applying corticosteroids, you may apply moist compresses as well.
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    Phototherapy.
    This is a special light therapy suggested if other treatments are not effective. In phototherapy, exposure to ultraviolet light is combined with drugs, making the skin more receptive to ultraviolet.
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    Immune-Suppressing Ointments.
    This form of treatment limits the exposure of an individual to steroids. Examples of these ointments include Tacrolimus and Pimecrolimus. These drugs help lower the risk of skin infections.
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    Botulinum Toxin Injections.
    This is recommended for those suffering from severe dyshidrosis. This is a relatively new treatment and is not yet widely accepted.
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Eczema neck and eye lids causes and treatment?

If your skin is always dry in these areas, you are more prone to eczema. Make sure you use a lot of moisturizer, as it will help prevent the situation. Certain eye makeup is very harsh and drying on the skin, and can lead to eczema on the eyelids.

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How can I cure mild eczema spots present on my neck, back and face?

I'm allergic to a few different foods. I get lots of red spots on my face, back and shoulders. Sometimes I get pus in them as well. I am very stressed too much. How can I get rid of this problem, and the dark spots left over on my face and back shoulders? Thank you.

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I've had a rash for around 3 weeks now.

Its widespread - on my arms, legs, stomach, and back. It's very red and itchy. I've been to the doctor twice, and been prescribed zero base and anti-histamines, which made it worse. The second time, I was prescribed selsun. Nothing seems to be working and the rash is continuing to spread and leave pigmentation all over.

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