Eczema is an incurable condition of inflamed skin that can be controlled and managed by a variety of treatments. Depending on the severity of the eczema or how your body responds to treatment, one option that can be successful is injections.
What Kinds of Injections?
According to the SkinHelp website, eczema has four main symptoms that are dealt with by medical treatments; itching, inflammation, dryness and infection. The types of injections that exist for eczema treatment can be steroids, antibiotics, pain medication or shots that are similar to wrinkle treatments (like botox injections) to take away the itching sensation.
How Often Do I Need It?
Eczema treatment, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians, requires a multifaceted approach. Injections as part of your treatment can help relieve some of the symptoms, so, based on how successful the injection treatments are in managing your symptoms, your doctor will determine the best injection schedule for your condition.
You can help determine this schedule by keeping a diary of what triggers your eczema. This will help your doctor decide how often you need injections, or how to adjust your treatments.
Like any other types of injections, you could experience soreness around the injection site. If, however, you break out in a rash, or have an allergic reaction, then you should contact your doctor immediately.
What Other Treatments Exist?
Treatment for eczema is a multi-step process that involves topical application of emollients, oral treatments and other therapies like phototherapy along with injections. You and your doctor need to explore what combination of treatments is most effective for your particular symptoms. This process can be tedious and requires patience, but will yield results through trial and error.
What Else Can I Do To Manage?
The Mayo Clinic recommends taking cool baths, since hot water can cause skin inflammation. Add oatmeal or baking soda to your bath. Put cold compresses on itchy skin. Wear smooth-textured clothing from fabrics like cotton that do not trap sweat or irritate the skin.
The most important thing with eczema is to not scratch your skin because it will only make the condition worse.