How to Treat Eczema?

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What are the eczema treatments?

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Eczema is a group of conditions that cause inflammation of the skin. It causes skin to become itchy, red, and dry -- even cracked and leathery. Eczema treatments mainly include home treatments and medicines. Home treatments:
  • Adding 10–15 minutes a day of sun exposure. It can provide relief as well as speed healing particularly during an eczema flare.
  • Using coconut oil to moisturizer your skin. It provides soothing relief and may speed healing.
  • Try using a natural homemade eczema cream that incorporates Shea butter, coconut oil, raw honey and essential oils because the intense itching is often the most miserable part of an eczema flare.
  • Lavender essential oil can help reduce common symptoms during eczema flare up. Add 10 drops to 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or almond oil, and gently rub into the skin. The aroma can help facilitate sleep, when itching is often at its worst.
  • Vitamin E may help to relieve the itch and prevent against scarring.
Medicines:
  • Hydrocortisone. Over-the-counter cream or ointment is useful for mild eczema. In severe cases, you may need a prescription dose.
  • Antihistamines. Taking by mouth may help relieve symptoms. Most of these are Over-the-counter ones.
  • Corticosteroids. These are needed if other treatments don’t work.
  • Ultraviolet light therapy. This may help if your skin condition is severe.
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This is such comprehensive info, however, I have eczema in both ears that over a year has gotten immensely worse.  I've used drops and outer ear ointment that had limited results.  Clumps, etc.of dry skin were emitting, so I flushed out the worst left ear and got water in my ear that won't come out.  My left gland is swollen, I have throbbing pain in both ears. I used Swim Ear (alcohol) drops that caused a lot of pain.  I think I caused both eardrums to be cut a little from scraping out skin.  I can hear almost nothing in either ear now and am very frustrated.  My PC twice has commented my worst ear is clear.  The problems persist.
It is very serious. Your throbbing ear pain suggests otitis media, a kind of infection of your ear. It causes destruction of the eardrum that would lead to deafness. You should see an ENT specialist first to treat this and put your eczema second when the otitis media is completely treated to restore hearing ability. Once this problem is solved, you should see a dermatologist to get drugs for eczema.
Hi, Mary, I know you are frustrated, but many of the measures you took are dangerous, such as using water irrigation and alcohol. Please don't do that again. Currently your hearing difficulty is more serious than the eczema. You should see an otolaryngologist to get antibiotics and other measures to salvage your hearing. The eczema thing can be managed by a dermatologist. BTW, I am wondering whether the diagnosis of eczema is right. A lot of measures are ineffective. Is it possible that it is a different condition, such as fungal infection?
Foods to avoid  due to Eczema
Some studies show that food sensitivities might make eczema worse -- especially for babies and children. Peanuts, milk, soy, wheat, fish, and eggs are the most common culprits. Because kids need a well-rounded diet, don't stop giving them foods you think might cause eczema flares. Talk to a pediatrician or dermatologist first. They can do tests for problem foods.
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