What should I do if my eczema is worsening?Skin, Hair & Nails Eczema
I have been having eczema since the past 3 years. I was told by a GP that it was due to my asthma. However, recently my eczema got worse. I have been having this round red patch that is very itchy and starts weeping after I scratch. What should I do next?
Thank you for your question. Treatment of eczema consists of:
- topical emollient/ moisturiser
- topical steroid
- oral antihistamines (itch)
- oral steroid
- topical/ oral antibiotics (secondary infection)
- reduce exposure to triggering factors
It is vital to moisturise your skin on a regular basis to control and prevent eczema flares. You can start with topical steroid cream and oral antihistamine for eczema flares.
Oral steroids may be used in stubborn and more severe cases.
If there are any signs of secondary infection (eg. weeping/ crusting), you will need topical/ oral antibiotics to treat the infected areas. Consult a doctor to get a thorough examination first before proceeding with your treatment. All the best!
Dr Jiwei Wu
8 Medi-Aesthetics Clinic
51 Cuppage Road #01-02
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