How to Treat Facial Eczema DermTV Epi 479
Eczema is uncomfortable and unsightly. But here's the good news: if moisturizers and cortisone creams aren'tgiving you relief, help may be shockingly simple. Hello, I'm Neal Schultz pause And welcome to DermTV.
The name Eczema just sounds uncomfortableâ€¦And it is. It's not exactly an onomatopoeia, but it'scacaphony tells you it's not something you want. Eczema's most immediate impact is discomfort, whether it's itching or burning or both, and even worse for many people, are the unsightly patches of redness, flakingand even crusting which, when on the face, just don't cover well withmakeup.
Eczema is often persistent, but when it doesgo away, just to make matters a little worse, it tends to be recurrent and come back forno apparent reason. While eczema can be anywhere on the body, it's the visual impact of the patches of facialeczema that's usually the deal breaker. Your first reaction is usually to use a moisturizerbecause of the flakes, because most people think of flaky skin asbeing caused by yness.
But flaky skin is actually the result of manyother skin problems such as inflammation or infection, which togetheror individually, cause the flakingeczema. And since moisturizers don't help either ofthose problems, they don't help your eczema. Then it's onto cortisone creams, readily available over the counter, as wellas stronger ones by prescription. If the cause of the flaking, redness and discomfortis inflammation,
then the antiinflammatory powers of the cortisonecream will provide meaningful relief for your eczema. But so often cortisone creams don't work because hiddenthe redness and flakingand crusting is an invisible and mischievous infection. That infection is usually caused by familiargerms like staph or strep bacteria. But here's the twist. Through a positive feedbackmechanism, the bacteria make the eczema worse,
so unless you treat the infection with anantibiotic, the eczema won't get better. So to finally control your eczema,additionto the cortisone cream, a topical antibiotic ointment applied to theeczema at least four times per day is essential andoften works magic. My favorites are Bacitracin and Polysporinointment, both of which are available without prescriptions. Your take away for treating persistent eczemaanywhere on the body