How do dermatologists control eczema?

Girl with her dermatologist: Following a dermatologist’s treatment plan can help a child feel better.

Control begins with a treatment plan created for your child’s needs.

While the treatment plan will be tailored to your child’s needs, it is likely to include 4 parts:

  1. Skin care (baths and moisturizer)
  2. Medicine (as needed)
  3. Coping strategies (manage itch, stress, and other issues)
  4. Trigger avoidance (to prevent flares)

1st goal: Control

In the beginning, treatment focuses on calming the skin. This can be time-consuming. Some children dislike the medicine and bathing.

Sticking to the treatment plan is important. Once the skin calms down, it will be less itchy. Your child will be more comfortable.

If treatment seems ineffective or feels painful to your child, contact your dermatologist right away. Dermatologists spend a lot of time treating eczema. They develop a lot of expertise in this area. If you’re having a problem, they’re a great resource.

When eczema is under control

It’s important to continue treatment once the eczema is under control. Many parents find that they can control eczema by:

  • Keeping their child’s skin hydrated
  • Finding out what triggers the eczema and helping their child avoid these triggers

Even with daily care, eczema can flare. Common eczema triggers like stress or a change in the weather can cause a flare. When your child’s skin flares, medicine may be necessary. For children who have eczema that flares frequently, applying a low-dose medicine to the skin a few times per week can reduce flares.

Following your dermatologist’s treatment plan is worthwhile. It helps to control eczema and make your child feel better. It can also reduce your child’s need for medicine.

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