If acute eczema is insufficient to be a pain in the rear, you can add chronic eczema and you will definitely have a pain in the rear on your hands. Or your legs, knees, chest and face, for that matter, since eczema affects these parts, too. A chronic case of eczema can, sadly, last for weeks, months and years with alternating mild and severe episodes.
Your doctor will know if you have a chronic case of eczema when the affected skin is thick, coarse and hard with dry scales. The edges of the rashes in chronic dermatitis will also have more distinct definition than the acute cases. You may even suffer from skin lesions, redness and extreme itching especially with heat contact.
Your first line of defense against chronic eczema is to ensure that your skin stays hydrated. Aside from the usual hypoallergenic lotions, you can also soak in a tub filled with lukewarm water and powdered raw oatmeal for 15-20 minutes at a time. Stay away from hot water as it can further dry out the skin.
While soaking in the warm bath, you must avoid using vigorous rubbing motions. Instead, just let the water soak through the skin and then, after the bath, pat dry your skin. You can then apply the moisturizers at least 3 times a day in generous helpings.
One of the staple medicines prescribed by doctors for chronic eczema is steroids, which act on the symptoms of inflammation and itching of the skin. You can apply these topical ointments after your baths but make sure to limit application to just 2 times a day since adverse side effects have been known to occur.
For infants and children, hydrocortisone cream is the more commonly used treatment for acute and chronic cases of eczema. Adults can also apply hydrocortisone on their affected skin folds.
For severe cases, topical immunomodulators are used. Their basic function is to locally calm down the immune system’s reactions to the allergen, thus, lessening the inflammation.
As crude as it may sound, your doctor may also prescribe tar preparations to control your chronic eczema. Your doctor will order the pharmacist to make 1 to 5% of LCD in a cream or you can purchase medicines like Estar Gel and Psorigel.
If you have eczema of any kind, your foremost complaint will have to be the severe itching. You will find relief in antihistamines, thanks to their sedative effects once applied on the skin. You must also minimize scratching on the affected areas, use gloves at night to avoid involuntary scratching while asleep and even use socks for this purpose.
You may also want to look into ultraviolet light therapy to treat your chronic dermatitis. This must only be undertaken when medications do not appear to have any effect as its downside is the increased risk of sunburn.
And of course, you will do well to adopt the simple, natural and effective lifestyle changes to treat your chronic eczema. In the end, your efforts towards prevention will go a long way to ensuring that the cures will work more effectively.