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Are there effective creams for eczema treatment? Corticosteroid medicine is most commonly prescribed for eczema treatments because it is a similar to a substance we naturally produce in our adrenal glands. It helps our bodies manage the inflammation, especially in the case of eczema and other skin conditions.

There are two ways that corticosteroids can be given to those suffering from eczema, either topically or orally. Topically includes a cream for eczema. Orally would be via a pill form of the medicine.

Once an eczema cream is applied, it stops the skin cells from producing the various forms of inflammation that are released when skin comes in contact with an irritant or an allergen. The cream will reduce the inflammation and hopefully relieve the itchiness.

Examples of topical corticosteroid eczema creams include fluticasone, hydrocortisone, betametasone and mometasone. All of these are available in lotions, ointments or creams which may be purchased over the counter.

There are four different strengths of these eczema creams: mild, moderate, potent and very potent. Hydrocortisone is generally prescribed for mild and moderate eczema cases and can usually be purchased over the counter. The others are found in the more powerful eczema creams and you made need a doctor’s prescription.

Eczema can be found on all parts of the body – some of the creams should not be used on the face or near the eyes. Almost all of the creams cause some sort of side effects, therefore, use of eczema creams should be monitored carefully.

Side Effects of Eczema Creams
The most common side effect from these creams, is the thinning of the skin, which usually results to permanent stretch marks later on. You may also find your blood vessels swelling and becoming prominent under the skin’s surface.

In rare instances, the use of corticosteroids may cause growth suppression or adrenal suppression. This may happen because corticosteroid is something your body is also producing. If you start applying a cream containing the substance, your body may not be generating the same amount as you are used to.

Children have a higher risk of experiencing these side effects from the use of eczema creams containing corticosteroids. To prevent any damage from happening, consult a trained dermatologist.

Although corticosteroid creams are common, women who are pregnant or nursing should not use them. Studies have shown that using it could endanger the fetus and that the substances aren’t safe to pass through the breast milk to an infant.

To help reduce the risk of side effects you should use the corticosteroid eczema creams or ointments that are the least potent. Apply to the skin only on the area where you can see visible inflammation. Follow the package directions or your doctor’s instructions carefully.

When your eczema is finally under your control, stop using it Switch to moisturizers to prevent flare ups from happening in the first place. Eczema creams should be used sparingly in cases of true need. You can find on more eczema information here.

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Sunscreen Information | Advancements In Sunscreen

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Most people are acquainted with the term “sunscreen”; but how much do we really know about it? It is defined as a topical product that absorbs or reflects some of the sun’s UV (ultraviolet) radiation on the skin exposed to sunlight, thus helping to protect against sunburn. It is thought that the first sunscreen was developed in 1938. Since, however, there has been much advancement in this topical product. Not only is the product now more effective, but there are now several options to consider when choosing the best for your skin: everything from environmentally friendly to waterproof or gel to lotion to spray.

For those who are concerned with being environmentally friendly, there are numerous choices available. Biodegradable, all natural, and organic are terms to look for when considering which sunscreen to use. Each of these options consists of natural mineral ingredients including green tea, zinc oxide, or titanium dioxide. Some of these ingredients are used in combination to provide broad spectrum protection. The biodegradable sunscreens are becoming popular, especially in tropical areas because of the damage chemicals cause to the marine ecosystem. Many locales are now making this biodegradable option mandatory. The all natural and organic brands are favored for the moistening effects on the skin.

Another type available is waterproof. This particular sunscreen can minimize the number of times you need to reapply. If you intend on being active, perspiring or in and out of the water, this could be the option for you. Because ocean water and sweating can wash sunscreen off your skin, reducing its effectiveness, waterproof would be an added benefit needed for optimum protection.

In addition, there are sunscreens specific to skin types. The skin of an infant is typically sensitive and as such, there are formulations made precisely for this purpose. These are free of chemicals, fragrances, and preservatives. Individuals with sensitive skin may prefer to use baby sunscreen as well for the added protection and low chance of irritation. My suggestion would be this biodegradable sunscreen, it is really good for those looking for specific skin type sunscreen!

When choosing a sunscreen, it is important to keep in mind the purpose for which you are using it: to protect your skin from harmful UV radiation. Whichever you ultimately select, it needs to have enough protection to prevent sunburn. The sun protection factor, or SPF is a measurement that should be considered when making a decision. The higher the SPF, the higher the amount of protection received. SPF, however only refers to the protection from UV-B rays. For ultimate protection, choose a broad spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF.

Deciding on the right sunscreen can be a little tricky. With the many options available, consider which advancements are beneficial to your purpose. Whether it be waterproof, saving the environment or your sensitive skin that drives your decision, it is important to remember that the sunscreen you choose is what will preserve your exposed skin from the sun’s harmful radiation.  Personal preference is the only difference.

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