How to Get Rid of Eczema

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Eczema is an inflamed skin condition characterized by itching and burning sensation. It is not contagious (unless infected) and includes a group of conditions, the most common being atomic dermatitis, also known as atopic eczema.

There is no known cause for eczema. However, it can be triggered by factors like excessive sweating, abrupt changes in temperature and humidity, skin contact with coarse materials, use of harsh soaps and detergents, stress, upper respiratory infections, and so on. Bouts of eczema usually come and go.

Eczema can occur on any part of the body, especially the face, knees, hands, and feet. Its appearance, though, can differ from one individual to another.

Generally, eczema gives rise to dry, bumpy, and itchy rashes that tend to become thick and scaly due repeated scratching.

Furthermore, eczema rashes are quite common in childhood. Nevertheless, it has been observed that in most cases, the problem tends to disappear with age.

More often than not, eczema affects individuals with a family history of allergies or oversensitivity of the immune system.

How to Get Rid of Eczema

Although this condition cannot be cured completely, here are 8 remedies and treatments that can help provide relief from eczema.

  1. Cool Wet Compress
  2. Coconut Oil
  3. Aloe Vera
  4. Bleach Bath
  5. Oatmeal Bath
  6. Burdock Root
  7. Steroid Creams
  8. Light Therapy
  • Placing ice cubes (wrapped in a towel) on the affected area is one of the best and easiest ways to relieve eczema itching and burning sensation.Moreover, the water trickling from ice hydrates the skin. In case you do not have ice cubes, you may wrap a packet of frozen peas in a towel and use it as a cold compress.
  • Application of extra-virgin coconut oil can prove highly beneficial in getting rid of eczema because it has natural moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties.In addition, it maintains the natural chemical balance of the skin and forms an antimicrobial barrier on skin. It is best to apply coconut oil after taking your bath or shower. Besides, you may apply a bandage dipped in warm coconut oil.
  • Applying pure aloe vera gel, too, is useful in soothing and curing eczema rashes.
  • When dealing with chronic eczema worsened with Staph infection, you can take a dilute bleach bath. For this, you need to add a quarter to half a cup of bleach in a tub filled with lukewarm water.You can use regular chlorine bleach for this purpose. Just soak in the solution for about 10 minutes, at most twice a week.
  • If you are looking for a natural alternative, then take an oatmeal bath. You can create this bath either by using pure colloidal oatmeal or grinding rolled oats/quick oats in a coffee grinder.Just mix a cup of oatmeal in a tub filled with warm water (make sure you break the clumps at the bottom) and soak in this soothing bath for about 15-20 minutes. You can take this bath once or twice daily.
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  1. jessica

    August 1, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    thank you sooo munch that really help

  2. abigail payne

    August 5, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Thank u I have had excema since I was born now I know how to get rid of it

  3. Hailey

    August 8, 2013 at 4:25 am

    I’m pretty sure I have eczema. But it does not itch. I have had it since I was little. I’m 13 now. I have little red bumps, (almost looks like a breakout or acne) on my inner thigh and back of my arms. My mother told me she had them to and that they will go away when I get older? What can i do to get rid of it sooner?

    • Dylan

      March 25, 2014 at 10:43 pm

      I have the exact same thing! My eczema is on my forearms, the back of my arms, and on my legs! It sometimes itches and is flakey. It looks like little bumps with the occasional white top part! Sound familiar? Sorry if this grossed you out. I’m 13 btw. I just want to get rid of this. As we all do!

      • Nicole

        May 26, 2016 at 3:14 pm

        I know exactly how you feel it’s ok you didn’t gross me out

    • keely

      July 8, 2015 at 11:11 pm

      I had the same thing I am dealing with it But it is getting better

  4. Jaden

    August 13, 2013 at 6:02 am

    thankyou ,

    thankyou so much . I am 13 & have had it on my legs since I was a baby . now it has transpired to my arms & hands . hopefully this works

  5. Margaret

    August 17, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    I have had this for a long time now and I just recently found out what it was. I thought it was acne, but now know that it’s not so I will try some if your tips. Thanks!!!

  6. Heidi

    August 25, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Thank u! I have had eczema for over three years now on my inner arm and at first it was a tiny patch, but now it has spread and is extremely itchy, sore, burns, dry, hurts, and it feels like someone is ripping my skin off. I sure hope these remedies work, cause eczema is the reason I wear long sleeves and sweatshirts, even in the summer. Everyone makes fun of it at school and I want it to stop.

    • Isabella

      January 20, 2015 at 3:23 am

      Omg me too I have to wear long sleeves and jackets all the time people always asked what happened to me

      • Sam

        May 8, 2015 at 8:58 pm

        OMG same

        • Leo

          April 3, 2016 at 7:29 pm

          You have no idea how hard it is to cover your hands all the time

        • Lawrence

          July 5, 2016 at 8:18 pm

          Same. I really want to get rid of it.

          • Ruth

            November 2, 2017 at 7:10 am

            Same here💖

    • Olivia

      November 4, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      I don’t even know where to begin. I’ve had eczema since I was round about 6 years old. I wasnt really concearned about at that time, even though I went for treatment and stuff.
      It started becoming a problem as I entered my teens. You know, being made fun of by other kids, and I have to say it has taken a huge toll on myself esteem.
      I hardly go out, I wear long sleeved tops, sweatpants and scarves throught all seasons. I’ve tried different types of treatments with no results. The compressing thing does help but not with the scaring. I don’t even feel comfortable in my own skin.

      Don’t get your hopes up people cause in the end its just so disapointing.

  7. Krizzie

    August 25, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    I have an eczema since i was 18 and now i am 25. I don’t really know how to get rid of it. I hope this thing will help me to get rid this itchiness. Thank you.

  8. Nicole

    October 5, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Put the given cream on recommended from your doctor at the correct time

  9. jaelynn

    October 14, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Thank you this will really help, because mine has gotten even worse since the past two weeks and i was always afraid to take off my jacket in school cause it was so embarrassing. But now i think i can over that.

  10. Bryon

    October 16, 2013 at 9:55 am

    i believe i have eczema and im a 27 year old male now living in florida.. according to the symptoms it says to make sure your not overheated… again i repeat.. i live in florida !!! any suggetions ? ..besides moving lol

  11. Sylvia

    October 23, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    When my itching gets unbearable I soak cotton wool in Lysterine original it really helps.

  12. OA

    December 1, 2013 at 6:25 am

    Great overview! I found this AMAZING all natural product called Waxalene at CVS in the itch relief section. It is made from vitamin E oil, natural bees wax, organic soy oil and rosemary oil. Those are the only ingredients in it. I started with a rash on my face that came from taking Minocycline. I tried to medicate the rash with neosporin eczema cream but it dried my face unbelievably. I mixed olive oil, tea tree oil and 100% Vaseline and would apply it to my face (in large amounts!) but it would soak up in 3-4 hours and my face would be dried out again. I could not believe it!!!! I had major discoloration, dry, scaly, leathery patches on my face and a horrible wrinkly look, not to mention the agonizing pain and itch! After the first application of Waxalene my skin soaked it up and the dry patches just melted away. I am also taking Benadryl to curtail whatever allergic reaction I had to the Minocycline. It is working wonders!!! Thank God!!!

  13. Caitlin

    February 19, 2014 at 5:33 am

    Hi, I’ve had eczema since the day I was born- and I haven’t find out a way to get rid of it , the first option helped. But I’m looking really for something like a product at home , – not olive oil yet , but like for instance butter , if I could smooth it on ( not really ) it will help to get rid of forever. I hate eczema and I wish nobody had it because it just keeps on getting worse From the heat. I got rid of it all, but since the sun came up , I got WAY WORSE! Sl please help find a product and relply – and PLEASE do , because I don’t know what to do and I’m only Ten.

  14. tiearra

    March 10, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Thanks I hope this will help me I’m 12 and I have eczema on my face neck and arms and all of my friends make fun of me and say that it is a hickie and it makes me mad because eczema is totally out of everyones controll thanks soooooo much I really needed these tips!

  15. tiearra

    March 10, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    And a tip cold and hot conditions willl kinda make it worse

  16. Charlie

    March 21, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    I have terrible eczema. It itches, burns, and spreads bumps and rashes everywhere. It is absolutely miserable, and especially going to the beach. Im going to try the ice step, but I’m not going to be bothered with taking baths of oatmeal or bleach.

  17. Dee

    June 4, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Guys, there is a medicine called charcoal tar ointment that you can apply. It works wonders in less than half a week. It has really helped me cause i was also born with eczema but be warned, it doesn’t smell so good but it works

  18. Ben

    July 9, 2014 at 8:41 am

    My eczema is very ugly and it’s on the back of my knees so it makes it hard to bend them. My advice is to use salt water to heal the wounds if present and then put a ton of lotion on it so it heals

  19. Madison

    January 1, 2015 at 8:29 am

    I have had eczema my whole life it was on my entire body and it was I am 12 and all I have it on it beside my finger and behind my elbow.but when I went to see the docter about it he said to put special cream on it in the winter cause of the coldness that does something to it. This was very useful.

  20. Kashyap

    January 24, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Hey Thanks for cure, I have eczema since the past 1 year, well i do have an insight to whats is wrong with my body and got to know that it’s eczema,but cmon guys, if you really feel itchy is all coz of sun, i do know that there is no way you can avoid sun but its better being cautious to avoid it as much much possible, even when your on medication.

  21. Jamayiah Cooley

    May 19, 2015 at 3:34 am

    I have eczema just like you guys. When I looked at this website I got soooo shocked. Thanks to this website I know how to get rid of the eczema.

  22. debz

    June 26, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Hmmn..I hope this article works..i’ve had eczema for a long period of time…used so many creams and ointments to no avail…so I stopped using them and decided to try normal medicated soaps it works for me but doesn’t remove the coloration on my skin..Olive oil really works for it, try to be hydrated at all times and watch what you eat cause some eczema’s are caused by allergic reactions to things we eat, also try not to wear harsh clothings,and also talk to God about it..I believe most people who use our skin conditions to discriminate against us are illiterates and need to be educated…I believe we should just live our lives normally as humans and not bother what the world thinks..:-)

    • Taylor

      July 27, 2015 at 11:08 am

      That’s what exactly I do , I take the creams and sometimes they don’t work so all I can realy do is just pray to god. &’ I know at the end itll be worth it ALL

  23. Taylor

    July 27, 2015 at 11:05 am

    thank you so much for the tips I’m 14 and I’ve had exzema for the longest . mine doesn’t get better as I get older its more like it gets worse. I have it on my inner elbows , face , back of my knees. I’m really trying to get rid of it

  24. Dj

    July 29, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    Pure Aloe Vera Gel from the plant helps a lot. I had a patch of eczema on my arm, my dad bought the plant home and gave me a bit of gel to rub on and in a few hours it was gone completely. The eczema never appeared again.yay

    • Macie Porter

      August 20, 2016 at 2:12 am

      .I have eczema on my finger and it hurts so bad. What can I do to make it heal. I’m 16 and I’ve had eczema for a year.

  25. Lily

    November 25, 2015 at 3:42 am

    I suffered extremely itchy, sore, burns, dry skin on my arms and hands. I tried to medicate the rash with neosporin eczema cream but it dried, hurts, and it feels like something is ripping my skin off.
    This article and your experience, advice will help others.
    Thanks to OA for the advice of Waxalene.
    Thanks to DJ, aloe vera gel is definitely good plants for healing eczema.

  26. leena ekka

    January 2, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Ya its true eczema is a desease which makes lif v unpleasant …..i too suffering from eczema and tried many capsules many creams by using these eczema dissapers bt if leaves then again comes ….and a lot of side effects it has ……right now m applying aloe vera gel ……lets c whether i can get rid out off eczema…..

  27. Summer

    February 20, 2016 at 9:03 am

    I’ve had this for about a year now on the inner part of my arm and my hands, I feel ashamed of myself and just want to wear what I’m comfortable in to school and in public but can’t do that without getting questions or dirty looks. So I hope that when I do try this it will work.

  28. Jaiden

    March 23, 2016 at 2:03 am

    This better work!

  29. Ezzy

    April 12, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Hi, mine is quite different but is related…. Am a little bit fair in complexion and to maintain my color, I need a good cream to do that…. Since when I was little, I was the type that doesn’t like creaming but as time goes on I decided to try using it. I tried a baby cream which suites my skin and I was happy with that not knowing it was giving me some marks at my back which they look so much alike with eczema (I was told is the cream reaction), before I could realise,it has already covered my back from the down to wards my neck…… I have tried every thing I know I could but all to no avail… I hope the coconut oil will help…. You can in box me on my email if there’s anything you want me to do just to get rid of it… Thanks

  30. Becky

    October 22, 2016 at 8:49 am

    This really does help, I’ve had eczema since I was a little girl but it soon died down but now it’s back. So this really help me to keep it calm.

  31. Nikki Fenn

    March 2, 2017 at 12:24 am

    I have eczema on my back. The itch can drive me crazy. I have tried Foderma Serum and I found fantastic relief. I apply in the morning and evening first and the itch improvement is fantastic.

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