9 Highly Effective Solutions For Eczema

Acupressure and acupuncture

Acupuncture and acupressure can ease the pain and itching caused by eczema.
Recent evidence suggests that acupressure and acupuncture may “distract the nervous system, easing pain and itch,” says Lio. In his 2011 study, acupressure eased itching and reduced the amount of thickened skin that constant scratching causes. Patients applied pressure to an acupuncture point inside the arm near the elbow 3 times a week for 4 weeks and reported that itching decreased significantly and skin looked better. (Check out more alternative therapies that actually work.)

Topical glucocorticosteroids
Over-the-counter and prescription steroid creams “work within a few days to relieve itch,” says Silverberg. Dosage and frequency vary, though ideally, topical steroids are applied no more than twice a day because they can thin the skin. Silverberg may have a patient try a low-dose OTC cream and a thick moisturizer. If those don’t help, she’ll prescribe increasingly stronger dosages of a steroid cream until she finds one that works. “Often, a doctor will start with a midstrength dose; areas that don’t improve might then be treated with a stronger one,” she says.

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