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Can acupuncture help relieve itch from eczema?

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Studies show that people with eczema who try acupuncture or acupressure (which doesn’t use needles) get relief from itching after only a few treatments.

SOURCES:

National Eczema Association: “Hydrocortisone FAQs,” “Psychodermatology,” “Alternate Routes: Acupuncture, Acupressure, and Eczema,”

Van den Bogaard, J. published Jan. 25, 2013. Journal of Clinical Investigation,

Eichenfield, L. July 2014. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology,

Cleveland Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions: Eczema.”

Slutsky, J. , October 2010. Journal of Drugs in Dermatology

American Academy of Dermatology: “Atopic Dermatitis: Bleach Bath Therapy,” “Atopic Dermatitis: Recommendations for the Use of Systemic Antihistamines.”

American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology: “Bleach Bath Recipe for Skin Conditions.”

News release, Northwestern University.                                

Harvard Medical School: “Recognizing the Mind-Skin Connection.”

National Jewish Health: “Eczema Treatment: Wet Wrap Therapy of Atopic Dermatitis.”

Medline Plus: “Hydrocortisone Topical.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 4, 2018

SOURCES:

National Eczema Association: “Hydrocortisone FAQs,” “Psychodermatology,” “Alternate Routes: Acupuncture, Acupressure, and Eczema,”

Van den Bogaard, J. published Jan. 25, 2013. Journal of Clinical Investigation,

Eichenfield, L. July 2014. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology,

Cleveland Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions: Eczema.”

Slutsky, J. , October 2010. Journal of Drugs in Dermatology

American Academy of Dermatology: “Atopic Dermatitis: Bleach Bath Therapy,” “Atopic Dermatitis: Recommendations for the Use of Systemic Antihistamines.”

American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology: “Bleach Bath Recipe for Skin Conditions.”

News release, Northwestern University.                                

Harvard Medical School: “Recognizing the Mind-Skin Connection.”

National Jewish Health: “Eczema Treatment: Wet Wrap Therapy of Atopic Dermatitis.”

Medline Plus: “Hydrocortisone Topical.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 4, 2018

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