4. What are the different types of treatment for eczema?
There are several aesthetic treatments available to help manage the symptoms of eczema, improve the appearance of the skin, and prevent future flare-ups. Some cosmetic & general treatments for eczema include:
Light Therapy – Light therapy, commonly known as phototherapy, is a non-invasive treatment that uses UV light to relieve inflammation and itching in the affected areas of the skin. This treatment is frequently used for those with moderate to severe eczema who have not responded to prior treatments. Depending on the patient’s response to treatment, the duration of light therapy sessions can vary from several weeks to several months.
Corticosteroids – This medication is used to treat eczema by reducing inflammation and itching in the affected areas of the skin. Corticosteroids are topical medications that come in creams, ointments, lotions, gels, foams, and sprays. The medication is applied directly to the skin, reducing inflammation, and itching while also improving the skin’s general appearance and texture.
Antibiotics – While eczema is not a bacterial infection, individuals with eczema are more prone to skin infections due to damage and inflammation in the affected areas around the skin. Both topical and oral antibiotics can be used as a treatment for eczema, assisting in the prevention of skin infections caused by the skin condition.
Antihistamines – This medication may be used as a treatment for eczema to ease itching and inflammation in the affected skin areas. Although antihistamines are not considered a permanent treatment for eczema, topical antihistamines may be beneficial for individuals who have severe itching.