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What are some drugs that turn down the immune system when dealing with severe eczema?

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Drugs that turn down your immune system: Some steroid-free drugs can stop your immune system from overreacting and attacking your skin. Cyclosporine, methotrexate, and mycophenolate are pills taken by mouth to ease itching and give your skin a chance to heal. However, they do come with side effects like increased blood pressure and an upset stomach. They also put you at an increased risk for infections and cancer.

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Katta, R. , March 2014. Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology

Walling, H. , published online July 28, 2010. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology

National Eczema Association: “Phototherapy,” “Immunosuppresants,” “Topical Cacineurin Inhibitors.”

FDA: “Public Health Advisory: Elidel (pimecrolimus) Cream and Protopic (tacrolimus) Ointment.”

UpToDate: “Patient Information: Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema): Beyond the Basics,”

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, “Eczema,” “Oral Steroids,” “Phototherapy: UVB.”

ChoosingWisely.org: “Antibiotics for your Skin.”

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: “Alitretinoin for the treatment of severe chronic hand eczema.”

Ghasri, P. , published online April 19, 2010. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology

American Psychological Association: “The Link Between Skin and Psychology.”

Lahey Hospital & Medical Center: “Understanding Biofeedback.”

McMenamy, C. September 1988. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry,

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 04, 2018

SOURCES:

Katta, R. , March 2014. Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology

Walling, H. , published online July 28, 2010. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology

National Eczema Association: “Phototherapy,” “Immunosuppresants,” “Topical Cacineurin Inhibitors.”

FDA: “Public Health Advisory: Elidel (pimecrolimus) Cream and Protopic (tacrolimus) Ointment.”

UpToDate: “Patient Information: Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema): Beyond the Basics,”

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, “Eczema,” “Oral Steroids,” “Phototherapy: UVB.”

ChoosingWisely.org: “Antibiotics for your Skin.”

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: “Alitretinoin for the treatment of severe chronic hand eczema.”

Ghasri, P. , published online April 19, 2010. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology

American Psychological Association: “The Link Between Skin and Psychology.”

Lahey Hospital & Medical Center: “Understanding Biofeedback.”

McMenamy, C. September 1988. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry,

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 04, 2018

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