Eczema, What’s the best ointments?

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  • Hello Dottie,

    Eczema typically improves and then flares up periodically. Some people don't have symptoms for several years. It is possible to control your symptoms with a variety of self-care measures and medications. Some of the triggers for eczema include the following,

    (a)cold or dry environments


    (c)exposure to certain soaps and detergents, perfumes, cosmetics, wool or synthetic fibers, dust, and smoke.

    (d) stress, of course, this is easier said than done lol

    Keeping your skin hydrated with over the counter creams such as Eucerin, Cetaphil or Ointments such as Aquaphor and Vaseline will keep skin moist. These are most effective after a bath. Hot or long baths, more than 10 minutes should be avoided as they can dry out the skin.

    Of course, you have to consult your physician to make sure your diagnosis is correct. I hope this helps.


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  • Coconut oil also helps

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  • My dermatologist had me try Sarna anti-itch its amazing.

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  • A CBD Balm is an excellent choice, as it is hydrating and is a huge anti inflammatory. CBD, unlike other topicals, actually quells the inflammation. It is anti bacterial as well and can really help psoriasis and eczema.

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    • Ali Stoddard which one do you use? 

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      • Ali Stoddard
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      Marge Barritt CBD+Balm at It’s organic with Tumeric, Ginger, arnica, aloe vera and other healing properties. It’s excellent.

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    • Ali Stoddard Ali Stoddard Thanks!

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      Marge Barritt 

      I use Dermasil and Cerave from the Skin Doctor.  

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  • eucerin lotion works very well on eczema. My older daughter who is now 35 years old develop eczema at the age of 10 months old. At that time the dermatologist recommended hydrocortisone cream or if I didn't have that he recommended the eucerin lotion

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    • Michelle Walker 

      Agree, Eucerin is an excellent choice for eczema prone skin.

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  • My grandson inherited the eczema at age 2. My daughter puts it on him also. It will usually clear up a flare up without using hydrocortisone cream. Eucerin is a little expensive, but it is well worth the money!

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  • I have a very mild case of this problem. Usually only on my face wherever there is facial hair, so shaving is a must. For many years I have been using a generic brand of Lydex cream (hydrocortisone). I thought the more I use it the better. My dermatologist recommended the less is more approach. Now I apply it once or twice per week and hydration is the key that works for me. Now, I never have breakouts and hardly ever experience any problems.

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  • Let your senstive skin decide which cream is best.  Take several creams, put the creams on sensitive parts of your body, like the bend of your arm (antecubital fossa).  Whichever creams feels the most soothing, slightly cooling will be the best cream for that area, that day, that season.  Yes which cream works the best today, could be and often is slightly different at another time.   Bob Durst, MD Dermatologist, Topeka, KS

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