Can Probiotics Ease Eczema?


Jennifer Larson

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Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a common chronic inflammatory disorder that can make your skin dry, scaly and very itchy. It typically develops in childhood, with as many as 90% of cases developing in children under age 5.

Common eczema treatments for mild cases include mild anti-itch lotions and creams. People with more severe cases of eczema might get some relief from a prescription-strength topical cream called a calcineurin inhibitor, which targets the immune system, or from oral or injected corticosteroids. Still others may opt for light therapy. But the stronger the treatment, the more likely it is to have side effects. And some eczema treatments have side effects that are serious enough to discourage long-term use.

Caring for sensitive skin and eczema can be challenging, but with the right tips and tricks, you can give your skin the love it needs.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Apr 28, 2017

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