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What are some tips to keep the skin from breaking open because of eczema?

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To keep your skin from breaking open, try these tips:

  • Use a steroid cream. Hydrocortisone (steroid) medicine helps control eczema flares.
  • Your doctor might also recommend other medicines to treat eczema flares, such as tacrolimus (Protopic) or pimecrolimus (Elidel).
  • Wear gloves whenever you cook, wash dishes, or do the laundry.
  • Apply a dressing. Cover broken skin with cream or ointment and a topical steroid. Then, put a wet bandage over the ointment and cover that with a dry bandage.
  • Cut your nails short.
  • Take antihistamines. These medicines stop the itch that makes you want to scratch.

SOURCES:

National Eczema Association: "Basics of Moisturizing," "Hand Eczema," "Moisturizers," "Moisturizing," "Neurodermatitis," "Protect Your Hands at Home," "Symptoms."

National Eczema Society: "Atopic Eczema," "Emollients," "Topical Steroids."

UpToDate: "Patient Information: Atopic dermatitis (eczema) (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 04, 2018

SOURCES:

National Eczema Association: "Basics of Moisturizing," "Hand Eczema," "Moisturizers," "Moisturizing," "Neurodermatitis," "Protect Your Hands at Home," "Symptoms."

National Eczema Society: "Atopic Eczema," "Emollients," "Topical Steroids."

UpToDate: "Patient Information: Atopic dermatitis (eczema) (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 04, 2018

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