Patient Comments: Eczema - Treatment

What treatment has been effective for your eczema?

A Doctor's View on Eczema Medical Treatment and Home Remedies

Read the Comment by Gary W. Cole, MD, FAAD

Eczema treatment depends upon the type of skin inflammation, whether it's:

  • atopic dermatitis,
  • allergic contact dermatitis,
  • seborrheic dermatitis,
  • irritant dermatitis, or
  • stasis dermatitis.
Basic home remedies include the application of cool compresses of diluted vinegar or tap water to the affected area followed by evaporation. With chronic eczema, it may be necessary administer UV light or apply topical steroids followed by cream or moisturizer. Read the entire Doctor's View

Comment from: Grandma, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

Here is some home remedy for eczema that does not include any harmful substances. My youngest grandson is almost 8 weeks old and unfortunately also inherited the eczema from both me and his grandfather. At this age there is not much one can do because the skin is still so soft and tender. His became so bad it looked as if his skin was literally burned with hot water and this throughout his small little body. He was constantly crying because it is itching and burning at the same time. I advised my daughter-in-law to put some rooibos tea in his bath water with some aqua cream, only that, and it is three days later and already we can see a huge difference. Although the skin is still scratchy/hardened, the redness is now starting to subside and he sleeps better between feedings as well.

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Comment from: Ana B, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 20

I have had eczema all my life; nearly 30 years of battling with steroid creams, immune suppressant drugs, oral steroids. And after using wheatgrass spray for one month three times a day prior to applying coconut oil, and also initially having to supplement this with a low steroid cream, the eczema on my body has subsided, and the results are amazing. No more blotchy red skin, no dry patches. Friends and family have really noticed the results, and I can finally wear clothes which don't have to cover my entire body in summer.

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Comment from: marty, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 02

I had an outbreak of eczema and all topical creams only made it spread and get worse. It spread over my arms and legs. I was put on Protozone for 10 days. This caused me to swell up so much my skin would begin to drain fluid and the eczema returned with a vengeance; it not only spread to my stomach but my back. My doctor gave me another treatment. When I went to pick it up at the pharmacy the pharmacist took one look at me and said she would not give me the treatment as I was in such bad condition I needed to 'sleep' on my dermatologist's door step to make sure I was seen. When I arrived, my dermatologist wanted to up the dose of Protozone. I was not going to go on it again. I found a naturalist and he put me on two cleanses as he realized no matter what was given to me my body was attacking itself and any treatment was considered bad to my body. The treatment he put me on was Mind Body Spirit Care's Detox Ultimate Inflame-Reduct shake and Body Anew cleanse multipack oral drops. I took Borage CP-240 (borage seed oil). This treatment alone gave me my energy back and cleared my skin in two weeks. I then was put on a liver cleanse, and given iodine and other vitamins to help my liver. People who saw me as I was going through this are amazed at how my skin is back to normal and I have energy again.

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Comment from: Laura M., 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 06

My granddaughter has serious bouts with eczema. After trying numerous prescriptions, the doctor suggested she bathe/play in a tub of water with 1/4 cup of bleach in. That settles it down for months at a time. So thankful for something that helps the little one. Hope this helps someone.

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Comment from: anna nanna, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

You need to let the break out dry. It sounds crazy but I rinse the eczema area with warm/hot water with clear ammonia (burns), then itchiness subsides, and also begins to dry them out quickly. When it is itching and I do not want to rinse with water I pad it with ammonia, and if oozing I get a cotton pad with coconut or other natural oil and place on rupture, but best to let it dry out. That is, for feet, before putting on socks use cotton pad with Vaseline to keep in place so socks/shoes won't rub. Another option is using sea salt with oil or water. Dilute salt well and leave on a while, this also burns, rinse, and then mix egg yolk and white and rub on. This calms the skin. Leave as long as possible then rinse, this also dries them off. Take B vitamins, drink chamomile with peppermint tea, calms body and mind for no other break out. I've heard of raw milk of goat/cow, but farm fresh and not store bought, helps. I need to try Chinese medicine Pi Fu Bing Xue Du Wan. Good luck.

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