These treatments made with hydrocortisone steroids can quickly relieve itching and reduce inflammation. They come in different strengths, from mild over-the-counter (OTC) treatments to stronger prescription medicines. OTC hydrocortisone is often the first thing doctors recommend to treat mild eczema.
Soak in a warm bath or take a shower and then moisturize immediately afterward (within three minutes). You can help calm specific symptoms of eczema by adding bleach, vinegar, salt, oatmeal or baking soda to your bath water. Learn more about bathing as a treatment for eczema.
The main treatments for atopic eczema are: emollients (moisturisers) â€“ used every day to stop the skin becoming dry. topical corticosteroids â€“ creams and ointments used to reduce swelling and redness during flare-ups.