A chronic, inflammatory skin disorder that results in itchy skin and a red, scaly rash. Atopic dermatitis is the most common form of eczema and affects approximately 18 million adults and 9.6 million children in the US.
A mixture made mostly from oil and water that is used on the skin. Creams can be either purchased over-the-counter (OTC) or prescribed by a doctor. Some creams may have steroids in them to help with eczema.
Steroids (ie, corticosteroids) are hormones naturally produced in the body that affect the immune system and reduce inflammation. As a medicine, they are used for skin conditions such as eczema to reduce inflammation and itch.
Treating eczema by soaking pieces of fabric in water and applying it to the skin. It can often help reduce inflammation and help other eczema medications work better.
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