Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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What Can I Do About My Eczema?

Wednesday, 09 Jan 2013 12:03 PM





Question: I have been diagnosed with eczema, which I have on my legs and arms. I was prescribed a lotion, but it has not worked. What are other therapies I could try? It is very itchy and unsightly.

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:

Eczema on the arms and legs alone is often contact dermatitis caused by exposure of skin to irritants you are sensitive to. I assume you do not have this beneath your clothing or on your chest or back. Solar eczema occurs in sun-exposed areas from sweat that has components that interact with sunlight, causing dryness and irritation.

Sometimes dietary changes are needed to treat eczema, along with effective local management and relief of your itching with an antihistamine such as Zyrtec. Start your treatment with a visit to a professional or physician experienced in dermatology to be sure you start an effective regimen, and stop guessing.

If there is any doubt, a simple skin biopsy/shaving may be well advised. Some eczema conditions become colonized by a fungus and require an antifungal prescription also, so be sure to see your doctor for a consultation or referral to a specialist.

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