Kenneth Beer, M.D. is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist in Palm Beach, Fla., and the director of, an online skincare company. He is also the director of The Cosmetic Bootcamp, which trains physicians in best practices for cosmetic medicine. Dr. Beer is an instructor in dermatology at the University of Miami, and he is an A.B. Duke Scholar at Duke University. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and received his dermatology and dermatophathology training at the University of Chicago. Visit Dr. Beer's office at

Oral Meds Calm Eczema

Tuesday, 28 September 2010 08:59 AM

Question: I have eczema; they tell me it’s from stress. While I do wash two times a day, and put an itch-relieving cream on afterwards, I have heard there is something you can take internally that will help. If so, can you tell me what it is?

Dr. Beer’s Answer:

Eczema (or atopic dermatitis) is genetic and immune reactive, so while stress can make it worse, it is not the only cause. Treatments include barrier creams to help the skin (Cerave, Theraplex) and topical steroids. Oral antihistamines such as Claritin, Zyrtec, and others may also help. Other internal supplements you can take include primrose oil. If it is severe, your doctor will give you steroids internally to help calm things down.

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