1. Can eczema be permanently cured?
Steroids, antihistaminics, anti-inflammatory drugs can treat eczema, reduce the inflammation and itching but cannot cure it. Ayurvedic treatment, including home remedies, help manage the disease but cannot cure it; but homoeopathic treatment showed that eczema could be cured depending on the patient's symptoms and medical history using elements like sulphur, graphite, common salt, etc.
2. What are the self-care measures for the management of eczema?
A person suffering from eczema having dry, inflamed skin should moisturise it daily, wear cotton clothes to avoid irritation to the skin, use medicated shampoos, add dilute bleach to bathing water to kill bacteria on the skin surface, bathe in warm water, avoid known irritants or allergens, avoid scratching and rubbing the skin, avoid harsh soaps, use mild laundry detergents, and manage stress.
3. Can I use anti-allergic medicines for the treatment of eczema?
Anti-allergic drugs are also called antihistaminics which can be used to treat eczema. When taken at night they relieve itching and help you sleep. These are over the counter drugs like cetirizine, desloratadine, fexofenadine, brompheniramine, clemastine, and diphenhydramine.
4. Who should i consult for eczema treatment?
A person suffering from itching and a family history of eczema should visit a specialist who has experience in treating eczema patients, like a dermatologist, for the treatment.
5. Can anti-itching powders and creams be useful in managing eczema?
It is a common way to soothe itchy skin. These drugs usually work by inhibiting inflammation and further reducing itching. Drugs like 1% hydrocortisone cream and antihistaminics like cetirizine, diphenhydramine, cyproheptadine, and hydroxyzine, etc. are useful in managing eczema.