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Natural Methods for Atopic Eczema Treatment

The treatment of atopic dermatitis directs inherent skin disorders like xerosis, pruritus, secondary infection and inflammation of the skin. Patients with atopic eczema firstly, need to be well educated about the continuing nature of the disorder and the need for extended adherence to proper skin care. The treatment for atopic dermatitis should be aimed at limiting the symptoms of itching, restoring the skin texture and reducing skin inflammation when necessary.

Atopic Eczema Treatment Tips

To begin with, patients with atopic eczema must have baths just once a day for only fib to 10 minutes without the use of hot water. Tepid water is good for the affected skin as hot water tends to dry out the skin rapidly and also delay the healing process. Moreover only soaps meant for sensitive skin must be used as a cleanser. After a bath the liberal use of a moisturizing agent for the skin that has just been patted dry, is a must. Skin that has been severely should be optimally hydrated through the method of occlusion in addition to the area being applied with an emollient. Small patches of affected skin can be occluded with plastic wrap, or the affected hands can be wrapped in gloves. However certain occlusive techniques when used in conjunction with topical corticosteroids enhance systemic absorption and the potential for side effects.

A good soak in a preparation of sodium bicarbonate or oatmeal can also be used in order to heal pruritus. To avoid the skin from further injury through scratching, or picking, the fingernails should be cut square and short, and sterile cotton gloves can be worn by the patient at night. Topical treatment to treat secondary infected crusted sores or wounds can be taken care of with the help of soaking or wrapping the affected skin areas with clean pieces of cloths that have been saturated in a solution made from aluminum acetate or a plain saline solution.

Doctors reserve systemic corticosteroids for patients with intense atopic eczema that is otherwise treatment-resistant. Oral corticosteroids can then help to improve the sores of atopic dermatitis in such patients, but a recurrent flare is likely to take place when these medications are discontinued. Topical corticosteroids are also useful for patients with atopic dermatitis, but a therapy comprising topical corticosteroids must not replace the regular use of moisturizers. Moisturizing agents must be continued to be applied on the affected skin as it can help to minimize the side effects of the steroidal agents.