6 Ways To Prevent Eczema

Heal with hydrocortisone cream. If your skin is really inflamed and itchy, over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams can help soothe the itch. They may also diminish some of the redness, says Dr. Kleinsmith.

When to See a Doctor

You should see a doctor if:

  • The itch is so severe that you can’t sleep, or you can’t get relief from over-the-counter products such as hydocortisone cream. “A doctor can prescribe itch-relieving medication,” says Dr. Deasey.
  • The eczema is open and oozing, because your skin may be infected. Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic, which can also help reduce itching and redness.