Eczema & Dermatitis

Eczema and dermatitis often lead to dry, red, and itchy skin, with symptoms fluctuating between calm periods and intense flare-ups. For both short-term relief and long-term management, prescription eczema creams are effective in reducing these symptoms. My Pharmacy also offers specialised treatments like Elocon Scalp Lotion for targeted areas. Complete our free consultation to get your prescription eczema cream delivered safely and discreetly to your door.

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    • About Prescription Eczema Cream

      Prescription eczema creams are crucial for managing eczema, a chronic skin condition characterised by itchy, inflamed, and dry skin. Here’s how these creams help:

      ● Targeted Treatment: Prescription creams are formulated to target specific pathways in the immune system that contribute to inflammation and discomfort associated with eczema.
      ● Reduction of Symptoms: These creams can significantly reduce itching, redness, and swelling, providing relief and improving the quality of life for those with eczema.
      ● Barrier Enhancement: Many prescription eczema creams contain ingredients that help restore the skin’s barrier, preventing moisture loss and protecting against irritants and allergens.
      ● Steroid and Non-Steroid Options: They come in both steroid and non-steroidal forms, catering to varying degrees of severity and suitable for long-term use without the side effects associated with prolonged steroid use.
      ● Innovative Treatments: Recent advancements include creams like topical calcineurin inhibitors and PDE4 inhibitors, which offer new mechanisms of action compared to traditional therapies, providing options for patients who may not respond to standard treatments.

    • Symptoms

      Eczema and dermatitis can manifest through a variety of symptoms that affect the skin. Here are some common symptoms for both conditions:

      ● Itchiness: Often severe enough to interfere with daily activities and sleep.
      ● Dry, sensitive skin: Skin that reacts adversely to environmental triggers or skincare products.
      ● Inflamed, discoloured skin: Skin may appear red, or darker brown, purple, or ashen, depending on skin tone.
      ● Rough, leathery, or scaly patches: Especially in areas prone to irritation from clothing or sweating.
      ● Oozing or crusting: Particularly during severe flare-ups.
      ● Swelling: Can occur around patches of affected skin.

      These symptoms can vary widely from person to person and may come and go over time. Both conditions share similar symptoms, and they often require management that includes identifying and avoiding triggers, consistent skin care, and possibly medical treatments prescribed by healthcare providers.

    • Diagnosis

      Eczema and dermatitis are diagnosed primarily through a clinical evaluation based on the appearance of the skin and patient history. Here are the typical steps medical experts use to diagnose these conditions:

      ● Physical Examination: The doctor examines the skin for the typical eczema rash, which is characterised by red, inflamed, itchy, and dry patches. The pattern and location of the rash are also key indicators.
      ● Medical History Review: The doctor asks about the patient’s symptoms, their duration, triggers, family history of eczema or allergies, and any previous treatments used.
      ● Symptom Assessment: Details about the itching, the appearance of the skin during flare-ups, and any associated symptoms like sleep disturbances or infections are gathered.
      ● Patch Testing: For cases where contact dermatitis is suspected, patch tests may be used to identify specific allergens that trigger skin reactions.
      ● Skin Biopsy: Although not commonly required, a skin biopsy might be performed if the diagnosis is unclear or if the condition does not respond to typical treatments. This involves taking a small sample of skin tissue for microscopic examination.
      ● Allergy Tests: Blood tests or skin prick tests might be conducted to identify environmental or food allergies that could be contributing to the skin condition.

      These diagnostic tools help to confirm eczema and rule out other skin diseases that may present with similar symptoms, ensuring that the treatment plan is appropriately tailored to the patient’s specific needs.

    • Treatments

      Prescription medications are a cornerstone in the management of eczema and dermatitis, focusing on reducing inflammation, alleviating itching, and repairing the skin barrier. Here’s how the specific products provided by My Pharmacy can help in treating these conditions:

      Betnovate 0.1% Cream / Ointment (Active Ingredient: Betamethasone valerate)

      • Reduces inflammation and suppresses the immune reactions in the skin, effectively managing the symptoms of eczema and dermatitis.
      • Soothes itchy, red, and dry skin, providing relief during flare-ups.

      Elocon 0.1% (Active Ingredient: Mometasone)

      • A potent corticosteroid that treats inflammation and reduces the severity of the symptoms.
      • Particularly effective for skin conditions involving the scalp, soothing dry, red, and itchy areas.

      Dermovate Ointment / Cream (Active Ingredient: Clobetasol propionate)

      • One of the strongest topical corticosteroids available, used for more severe cases of skin inflammation and itching.
      • Helps to manage persistent and resistant symptoms of eczema and dermatitis.

      Betacap 0.1% Solution (Active Ingredient: Betamethasone)

      • Designed specifically for scalp conditions, including scalp psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis.
      • Relieves itching and redness, and helps to control flaking and scaling on the scalp.

      These medications are part of a comprehensive treatment plan that may include moisturisers to protect the skin barrier and lifestyle changes to avoid triggers.

    • Prevention Strategies

      Steps that can help manage symptoms and reduce the frequency of flare-ups:

      ● Protect your skin: Avoid scratching and rubbing affected areas. Cover itchy areas with a dressing to prevent scratching, and keep your nails trimmed and smooth. Consider wearing gloves at night to minimise damage from scratching.
      ● Moisturise regularly: Keeping your skin moisturised is crucial. Use ointments, creams, or lotions right after bathing to lock in moisture. For eczema, thicker moisturisers like ointments may be more beneficial.
      ● Avoid irritants and allergens: Identify and avoid substances that irritate your skin or trigger an allergic reaction. This includes certain fabrics, soaps, and cleaning products. Opt for hypoallergenic and fragrance-free products.
      ● Manage stress: Stress can exacerbate both eczema and dermatitis. Engaging in stress-reducing activities or therapies can help manage flare-ups.
      ● Consider your environment: Changes in temperature and humidity can trigger flare-ups. Try to maintain a stable environment that doesn’t overly dry out your skin.
      ● Dietary considerations: Some evidence suggests that diet can influence eczema, particularly the severity of flare-ups. Foods that cause allergies in some individuals, like dairy or nuts, might worsen symptoms.