• Question: What is the best way to make Atopic Eczema better?

    Asked by miitomo1penguin on 18 Jun 2019.
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      David Wilson answered on 18 Jun 2019:

      You’ll get the best advice for this question from your GP.
      There’s some helpful information here that includes the common treatments, how you can self-care and some ideas of what might be triggers: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/atopic-eczema/treatment/

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      Nina Rzechorzek answered on 18 Jun 2019:

      David’s given some great advice here. I had some eczema for a short period as a child and moisturers definitely helped – especially after hand washing. Now I have to be quite careful to avoid letting my skin get too dry; we have to scrub our hands a lot before doing surgery and this is not always kind to the skin, so its important to find the right washing solutions for your own skin and moisturise afterwards. If you think you suffer from atopic eczema speak to your GP first – they may be able to help you find out what things trigger flare ups that you could potentially avoid.

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      Thiloka Ratnaike answered on 18 Jun 2019:

      Moisturising with the appropriate creams (there are a lot of creams out there that can make eczema worse), and avoiding skin irritants (such as bubble baths/soaps) is the best possible way. There are other treatment options too but these are the first steps.
      Patient.co.uk is another good website for providing information: https://patient.info/skin-conditions/atopic-eczema. Please do go chat with your GP because you need to be happy with the cream you are prescribed to use to help the eczema!

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      Kaitlin Wade answered on 18 Jun 2019:

      Yep – agree with others here. Atopic eczema is a really complex condition and the treatment for this may differ between people. If you or anyone you know has atopic eczema, I would recommend talking to your GP to get the right treatment for you.

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      Rebecca Moon answered on 18 Jun 2019:

      The best management for eczema is using emollient creams really frequently (every few hours if it is bad). There are other treatments, including steroid creams, that a GP can prescribe if these are needed too. It’s also helpful to try and work out any triggers for the eczema, such as dietary components (cows milk is quite common) and then eliminating these from the diet. I think we can often underestimate how much of a problem eczema is for some people as it’s so common, but if it’s a problem for you, see your GP.

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      Shobhana Nagraj answered on 18 Jun 2019:

      I think Thiloka has covered this above and provided a really good link to some resources!

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      Kate Timms answered on 19 Jun 2019:

      As the others have said, the best thing to do is go to a GP to get the best treatment for your specific case. It would also be really useful to keep a diary of what you do and what your skin comes into contact with and then how bad your Eczema is. You can then try and see if there’s anything that makes it worse and try to avoid that.

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      Matthew Bareford answered on 24 Jun 2019:

      I think the others have definitely covered all bases on this one for you! 😊