Since eczema can be persistent, various treatments over months or years may be needed to control it. And even if treatment is successful, signs and symptoms may return (flare up).
Medications such as creams that control itching and help repair the skin may be prescribed. Some of these creams have side effects, so make sure to speak with your doctor about the side effects of your medication before using.
Antibiotic eczema creams can be prescribed if your skin has a bacterial infection, open sore, or cracks. Oral drugs can be used to control inflammation, although these are only used in short-term treatment, since most can have potential serious side effects.
Therapies such as wet dressings are an effective but intensive treatment for severe atopic dermatitis that involves wrapping the affected area with topical corticosteroids and wet bandages. Ask your doctor about learning how to do this technique at home.
Itchiness is not usually a complaint with a cold, but it is the hallmark of an allergy problem. Coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, and other respiratory symptoms. Recurrent red, itchy, dry, sometime scaly rashes in the creases of the skin, wrists, and ankles also may indicate an allergy.