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I am having a very bad eczema flair up on my arm that won't

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Hi, I am having a very bad eczema flair up on my arm that won't go away. It has been there for a few months. I have tried different creams, but it only seems to be getting worse. It is very uncomfortable
JA: When did eczema first appear? Have you used any medication for this?
Customer: It first appeared in April. No medication, just Eucerin cream, which I have used in the past for small patches and it has worked.
JA: Got it. Have you seen a dermatologist about eczema?
Customer: no
JA: Thank you so much for your time. Finally, is there anything else in your medical history you think the Dermatologist should know?
Customer: I don't think so :)
Submitted: 14 days ago.
Category: Dermatology
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 14 days ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 14 days ago.

The following treatment would help you;

A long-term steroid-like Prednisolone is needed.

Retinoids can also be given for this and will be curative

Immunosuppressants like Tacrolimus and Pimecrolimus are the mainstay in intractable eczema

Light therapy: like Ultraviolet and Grenz Ray therapy.

Meanwhile, continue the normal steps of treatment for Eczema:

Antihistaminic: Continue the antiallergics like Avil

Avoid sunlight: This is most important. Avoid going out into the sun as far as possible. Long-sleeved dresses would help. Sunscreen is a must – use sunscreens with 50% SPF or more.
Steroid Ointments: Apply 1% hydrocortisone (OTC) twice daily on the areas for 1 month.
Emollients: Use an emollient, a hand cream twice daily. Combine the Emollient with the Hydrocortisone ointment>

I hope your symptoms resolve soon.

I would be happy to assist you further if you need any more information.
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Customer: replied 14 days ago.
Hi, thank you very much. Do I need to get a prescription to get Prednisolone?
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 14 days ago.

Very welcome.

Yes, your GP can prescribe it to you.

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
Thank you
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 14 days ago.

You are very welcome.

Wishing you a speedy resolution and all the very best in life.

It was a pleasure to assist you.

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