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Eczema is a broad term and has many variants. If the eczema is too severe or has flared up, depending on the type of eczema oral therapy
etc can be started. Once the severe phase is over, topicals might be used.
As general treatment measure
Use Luke warm water and mild soap to bathe. Never rub towel too vigorously to dry your wet skin.
Apply a urea and lactic acid based moisturiser twice to thrice in a day.
You may also add bath oil or olive oil to your bathing water
Wear loose cotton clothes
Use steroids minimally, initially steroids can be used daily and then with improvement taper it off to once a week application. At this stage of application( once in a week) steroids would not have a harmful effect. Protopic
or tacrolimus is a steroid sparing drug. As it irritates your skin, use it in lower concentration of 0.03 percent, initially just once in a day. If it suits you then may shift to twice in a day application.
In eczema it is essential to break itch scratch cycle, so take oral antihistamine daily. You may take a non sedating one in morning like fexofenadine
and a sedating one like doxepine in night.
Hope that helped.