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How do corticosteroid creams, solutions, foams, and ointments treat eczema?

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Corticosteroid creams, solutions, foams, ointments and other treatments made with hydrocortisone steroids can quickly relieve itching and reduce inflammation. They come in different strengths, from mild over-the-counter treatments to stronger prescription medicines.

Over-the-counter hydrocortisone is often the first thing doctors recommend to treat mild eczema. You may need different strengths of these steroids depending on where and how bad your rash is. For example, a doctor may prescribe a more potent one for thick, scaly skin. Side effects from these meds, such as thinning skin and stretch marks, are rare when you take them as directed.

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Atopic Dermatitis."

Buys, L. February 15, 2007 American Family Physician;

EczemaNet: "Eczema Treatments."

PubmedHealth: "Atopic Eczema."

EczemaNet: "Bathing and Moisturizing Guidelines."

EczemaNet: "Preventing Flare-Ups."

EczemaNet: "Medications and Other Therapies for Eczema."

Patel, T. 2007. American Journal of Clinical Dermatology;

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on March 19, 2017

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Atopic Dermatitis."

Buys, L. February 15, 2007 American Family Physician;

EczemaNet: "Eczema Treatments."

PubmedHealth: "Atopic Eczema."

EczemaNet: "Bathing and Moisturizing Guidelines."

EczemaNet: "Preventing Flare-Ups."

EczemaNet: "Medications and Other Therapies for Eczema."

Patel, T. 2007. American Journal of Clinical Dermatology;

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on March 19, 2017

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