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Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) - Home Treatment

Home treatment for atopic dermatitis includes taking care of your skin and avoiding things that irritate it.

Take care of your skin

Control itching and scratching

  • Keep your fingernails trimmed and filed smooth to help prevent damaging the skin when you scratch it.
  • Use protective dressings to keep from rubbing the affected area. Put mittens or cotton socks on your baby's hands to help prevent him or her from scratching the area.
  • Try coal tar preparations. When applied to the skin, they may help reduce itching. But if your itching gets worse after using coal star, stop using it.

Avoid sun and stress

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Last Updated: April 17, 2012
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