The right treatment
A two-phase dermatological treatment
The skin needs water and lipids several times a day (even in the absence of lesions) in order to restore the natural barrier protecting it from allergens. During breakouts, cortisone-based creams effectively reduce lesions. Prescribed by a dermatologist, these treatments greatly improve the atopic patient's quality of life when taken properly.
Emollient creams to fight dryness and restore the natural barrier
These creams must be applied several times a day to non-inflammatory areas. They fight skin dryness and soothe the skin, thus reducing itching. This everyday routine is also recommended to prevent outbreaks. Apply the cream even when the skin looks healthy.
Corticosteroid creams to stop the inflammation
During breakouts, corticosteroid cream should be applied to the inflamed areas in order to soothe and reduce damage and scratching. In some countries, cortisone is unpopular due to its supposed side effects: water retention, sleep disorders, a slower growth rate, etc. However, these phenomena only concern corticosteroids administered orally. When in cream form, cortisone remains on the skin surface. However, cortisone should not be applied to areas without lesions, as it thins the skin and may weaken it.
If allergy test results so recommend, for example, the doctor may add an antihistamine treatment to the creams.
Refusing to give up on treatment
Some of the treatments often prescribed against eczema are never used or abandoned too quickly, even though they are the most effective solution against severe dryness and inflammatory lesions.
Fear of cortisone creams or inattention to the reappearance of new red patches can lead to chronic generalized eczema.
It is important to ask for help when you are struggling to deal with your condition or if the treatment is not effective.
Dermatologists help people to better understand the treatment and can adjust it to help you better follow it.
Do not hesitate to show your dermatologist how you apply the cream so that he/she can ensure your technique is suited to the treatment of your child's condition.
The cure: an environment dedicated to care
This treatment is based on the daily provision of thermal spring water by health professionals. Since the treatment extends over three weeks, it opens up a real possibility of wellness. Ever since the La Roche-Posay Thermal Center opened in 1905, it has treated over 415,000 patients. It now accommodates nearly 8,000 patients per year and eczema is the main condition treated within the center (33% of spa-goers).
In addition to the prescribed baths, showers and sprays with dermatological benefits, patients (and their companions) have the opportunity to interact with others and to relax, which is by far the best morale booster.