Is it possible to keep eczema under control?

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Yes, it is possible to keep your child’s eczema under control. By following the treatment plan created by your child’s dermatologist, you can reduce flares. Some children can even have clear skin.

Once your child’s skin clears, you can help keep the skin calm. Studies show that you can do this by:

  • Taking good care of your child’s skin
  • Helping your child avoid what triggers the eczema
  • Using medicine (only some children)

When someone has eczema, the skin can actually get drier from a bath unless a moisturizer is applied immediately after the bath.

Keeping the eczema under control can help your child:

  • Feel comfortable
  • Have fewer flares
  • Reduce how severely — and how long — eczema flares
  • Prevent eczema from worsening

About using medicine to control eczema

If your child’s eczema flares frequently or diminishes your child’s quality of life, a dermatologist may recommend applying medicine to skin that flares often.

Instead of applying medicine only when eczema flares, you’d apply a different medicine 1 to 3 times per week to skin that tends to flare. The new medicine would be less potent.

Studies show that patients treated this way need less medicine.

The good news about eczema

As your child grows, eczema tends to become milder. For many children, eczema clears completely.

As there is no way to know whether a child’s eczema will disappear, keeping eczema under control is important.

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References

Armstrong, A. “Optimizing topical therapy for atopic dermatitis.” (2014, August). In Lio PA (Chair), “What's boiling over: Atopic dermatitis and other eczematous conditions.” Forum presented at the Summer Academy Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology, Chicago, IL.

Sidbury R, Tom WL, et al. “Part 4: Guidelines of care for the management of atopic dermatitis. Part 4: Prevention of disease flares and use of adjunctive therapies and approaches.” J Am Acad Dermatol. 2014 Dec;71(1):1218-33.