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I have a rash of very itchy tiny red bumps all over my legs, forearms and sides of my torso. Looks like eczema, Cure?

I have had it before recently, but only a little on legs and forearms. Know it is roughly on 20-25 % of my body.

Related Topics: Torso, Forearm, Leg, Rash
 

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Seems like there are a lot of treatment options both medication as well as stuff you can do at home. From the article linked to below:

Good skin care is a key component in controlling eczema.  For some people with mild eczema, modifying their skin care regime and making a few lifestyle changes may be all that is needed to treat eczema. Other people with more severe eczema may need to take medications to control their symptoms. 

Non-drug treatments for eczema include:

  • Mild soap and moisturizer. It's best to use a mild soap to avoid over drying your skin. Gentle soaps, known as syndets, are available at the drugstore and brand names can be recommended by your doctor. A good moisturizer (in cream, lotion, or ointment form) helps conserve the skin's natural moisture and should be applied immediately after a shower or bath, as well as one other time each day. Some people with severe eczema may benefit from taking baths with a small amount of bleach added to the water. The bleach helps to kill bacteria that lives on the skin of people with eczema.  
  • Short, warm showers. People with eczema should avoid taking very hot, or long showers or baths, which can dry out your skin.
  • Reduce stress. Take steps to reduce stress. Get regular exercise and set aside time to relax.

Medications used to treat eczema include:

  • Hydrocortisone cream. Over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream may help mild eczema. Prescription steroid cream may be needed for more severe eczema.
  • Antihistamines. Oral antihistamines such as Benedryl are available over-the-counter and may help relieve symptoms. Some of these may cause drowsiness, which may be of benefit if nighttime itching is a problem.
  • Corticosteroids. If other treatments fail, your doctor may prescribe oral corticosteroids. Always follow your doctor's directions when taking oral steroids.
  • Light therapy. People with very severe eczema may benefit from therapy using ultraviolet light. 
  • Immunosupressants. Medications that suppress the immune system may also be an option. These medicines, such as cyclosporine, azathioprine, or methotrexate, may be used when other treatments have failed.
  • Immunomodulators. This newer type of medicated cream helps treat eczema by controlling inflammation and reducing the immune system reactions. Examples include Elidel and Protopic.
Here's the original article: http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/eczema/understanding-eczema-treatment

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