Moisturising is an easy and effective AD treatment. Moisturise dry skin caused by AD. After bathing, apply a moisturiser while the skin is still damp.
Lotions are light moisturisers. Lotion is a water-oil mixture that can be applied easily. Because lotion contains water, it may not be suitable for severe AD.
Cream is an oil/water mixture. Lotion is oilier than cream. Creams are hydrating and emollient than lotions. Creams are fantastic daily moisturisers.
Semisolid ointments have much more oil than lotions and creams. The ingredients in ointments are minimal. Simple ointment is petroleum jelly.
Emollients are moisturising treatments applied directly to the skin to reduce water loss and cover it with a protective film.
Antihistamines are medicines that block the effects of histamine in the blood. They can help relieve atopic eczema itching.
Corticosteroid tablets are rarely used nowadays to treat atopic eczema, but can be prescribed for 5–7 days to control particularly severe flare-ups.
Some people find herbal remedies helpful in treating eczema, but there is little evidence that these remedies work.