Health Tip: Managing Eczema

ByABC News
December 24, 2009, 10:23 AM

Dec. 25 -- (HealthDay News) -- Eczema is a condition that results in red, itchy and scaly patches of skin -- often on the scalp, forehead, face or extremities.

The American Academy of Dermatology offers these suggestions help manage the uncomfortable symptoms of eczema:

  • Make an appointment with a dermatologist to confirm your diagnosis and get treatment.
  • If your doctor recommends so, use a topical prescription medication on the skin, such as a corticosteroid or a medication that affects the immune system.
  • An antihistamine also may help.
  • Ask your doctor about ultraviolet light (UV) therapy.
  • Apply a skin moisturizer.