What treatments are available for eczema?

What treatments are available for eczema?

There is currently no cure for eczema so its management includes relief of symptoms, breaking the itch-scratch cycle and minimising factors known to trigger flares, including irritants, allergens, infections and emotional stress.1,2 Your doctor or practice nurse may work with you to develop a written self-management plan (or one for your child).1

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What treatments are available for eczema? References Section

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UK/GEN/16/0051 Date of preparation: October 2016