Eczema is one of the skin conditions caused due to an inflammation of the skin. This condition causes itchiness, redness, and dryness to the skin; the skin also becomes leathery and cracked. There is no specific part of the skin that usually gets affected by eczema. It can appear anywhere on the body. Most people face this problem when they are young or in their infant stage. Eczema can also give rise to other allergic conditions like asthma or hay fever. Eczema is also known as dermatitis. There are no solid causes of eczema as in most cases it is genetic and runs through families. The gene can also cause some people to have extra sensitive skin. In some cases, defects in the skin barrier can trigger eczema. These defects let the germ in through the skin by letting the moisture out.
There are other factors that contribute to eczema:
- Sweat and heat
- Cold or dry climate
- Contact with woolen and synthetic fabric that have irritating substances. Sometimes, even soap.
Before you can diagnose any medical condition, there are symptoms that are identified; it is always wise to do so before the condition becomes serious. Here are some of the symptoms you should be able to identify after knowing:
- There is always itching before any rash appears that later becomes an eczema rash or a dermatitis rash. Watch out for any itchy sensations especially when it doesn’t seem to stop.
- If there is itching and you know about the family history of eczema, then there is a good chance that itchiness is a symptom of eczema and not a regular itching.
- If there is any yellowish, pus-like formation on the place you have been itching, it is a sure sign of eczema and needs medical attention.
There are other treatments for eczema. These creams for eczema are:
Gold Bond Ultimate Eczema Relief Cream – This is a fragrance-free cream for eczema that costs around $11 for a 26 grams tube. It claims to relieve five main symptoms of eczema that include itch, dryness, scaling or peeling, roughness, redness, and irritation. It is a steroid free, dermatologist-tested cream. There is 2% of colloidal oatmeal in the formula to help treat eczema. Seven intense moisturizers and three vitamins help get rid of the main symptoms of eczema that in turn treats the condition.
Aveeno Active Naturals Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream – This is one of the therapy creams for eczema that comes for $18 for a 354ml bottle. There is colloidal oatmeal in the formula and provides relief from dry, itchy, and irritated skin. It soothes the skin from eczema and is steroid and free of fragrance. Some of the leading dermatologists have helped in developing this cream. It has ceramides, which are essential lipids that are found naturally in skin and play a key role in restoring the protective function of the skin. It can be used on babies and will not be harsh on their skin. Adults and grown up kids too can use this.
Gold Bond Medicated Eczema Relief Cream – Like other Gold Bond creams for eczema, this one too has 2 per cent of colloidal oatmeal, which is an active ingredient and 7 moisturizers with 3 vitamins in the formula. It provides relief from the main five symptoms of eczema that include itchiness, dryness, roughness, redness, and irritation. A 155g tube comes for $10. This too is a steroid and fragrance-free cream and can be used on kids as well as adults.
Neosprin Eczema Essentials Daily Moisturizing Cream – These dailies moisturizing cream is clinically proven to relieve itching related to eczema flare-up and restore healthier skin in 3 days of usage. There is no fragrance in the cream and is steroid free. A 170g tube comes for $14. This cream has a unique formula that contains a blend of lipid, humectant, and emollient to help retain the lost moisture to make the skin look and become healthy.
Natralia Eczema & Psoriasis Cream – This cream relieves rash, irritation, itching, and redness of the skin when applied daily as directed by the doctor or dermatologist. It is also suitable for children who are suffering from eczema. This a cream that has natural ingredients of herbal extracts and essential oils such as lavender oil, chamomile, licorice, aloe vera, and evening primrose. This cream for eczema is made in Australia but is available online and/or a medical clinic for $13 for a 56g tube.
Before buying any cream, consult the dermatologist or the doctor you are seeing for this condition. In case you see the symptoms and diagnose yourself of eczema, do not directly buy any cream and start the treatment. A professional medical diagnosis is imperative before starting any treatment irrespective of what you read on the Internet. Do read the instructions on the label of the creams for eczema before applying them. All these creams are for external use only and to be sure, let your doctor demonstrate how it is to be applied.