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What is the most effective treatment for Atopic Eczema? What are the most useful tests?

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‘Complete emollient therapy’ is the best treatment for eczema. This means moisturising the whole body several times per day with an emollient, washing with a moisturiser and using a moisturising bath oil. Eczema is a dry skin condition, so moisturising the skin regularly helps prevent the dry skin developing. If the eczema flares-up, increasing the number of times you moisturise the skin daily and by also using a steroid cream for a few days will usually help settle it down. Occasionally the flare-up is severe or infected requiring stronger steroid creams or antibiotics to settle it. There is no cure for eczema so managing it with moisturising creams is the only treatment. There are no tests for eczema, it is diagnosed by the appearance of the skin. Occasionally, in very severe cases of eczema (not responding to the usual treatments) allergy testing is needed, but this usually applies to young children that maybe allergic to some foods or milk. People that suffer from eczema are often allergic to things that can make the skin condition worse, so try to avoid them. Pets, grass, dust, latex, creams, perfumes, soaps and make-up are common culprits.

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