Is There a Cure for Eczema?

Although there’s no cure for eczema, treatments can help with symptoms.

There isn’t currently an eczema cure. However, up to 80% of children with the condition will outgrow it by the time they become adults. People with eczema also experience periods of remission, where symptoms disappear temporarily. The best way to treat eczema is by using medications, alternative treatments and lifestyle changes. 

This article will discuss research on an eczema cures and eczema treatments that can help manage symptoms. 

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Can You Permanently Cure Eczema?

There is no eczema cure, although researchers are working to discover one. For many people, eczema is a lifelong condition, with periods of remission and times of more intense symptoms. Although many people will outgrow symptoms, there are ways to reliably treat eczema.

First-Line Treatment Options

The most common treatments for eczema include daily moisturizing and drugs that are applied directly to the skin. Many people find that a combination of home therapies and drugs helps keep their eczema symptoms at bay. 

The home remedies that can help with eczema include:

In addition, many people use over-the-counter therapies, like hydrocortisone cream, and prescription medications like steroids that are taken by mouth or applied directly to the skin.

Common Eczema Causes

Common eczema triggers include:

  • Skin irritants ranging from wool clothing to perfumed lotions or cleansers
  • Skin products or soaps with harsh chemicals
  • Environmental allergens like pollen or dander
  • Extreme temperatures, especially cold
  • Foods including dairy, eggs, soy, and peanuts


Other Treatments

If first-line treatments don't give you relief from eczema symptoms, you may be able to try procedures designed to reduce itching, inflammation, and other symptoms.

These include:

  • Phototherapy (also known as light therapy)
  • Laser treatment (a specific type of light therapy)
  • Immunotherapy (including allergy shots)

In Children

The treatment for eczema in children often focuses on keeping the skin moisturized and avoiding triggers. Wet wraps are an effective treatment. Wet gauze in warm water until damp, and wrap the affected area. Then, wrap them with dry gauze and put on dry nighttime clothing and leave it overnight. You can also give them bleach baths by mixing half a cup of bleach in 40 gallons of water.

In severe cases, your healthcare provider might recommend steroids or other prescription treatments for your child. 

While there’s not eczema cure for kids with the condition, about 80% of children with eczema see their symptoms improve as they get older.

Alternative Therapies to Integrate Into Your Routine

Many people with eczema find the condition difficult to control. That can leave them searching for alternative therapies. Research shows that a few alternative or complementary therapies may help relieve eczema symptoms. These include:

  • Moisturizing with coconut oil
  • Taking vitamin D supplements
  • Taking probiotics
  • Mind-body practices
  • Apple cider vinegar

Affording Eczema Treatment

Eczema treatments can be expensive. On average, people with the condition spend about $700 a year on treatment. Talk with your insurance company, doctor and pharmacy about what the cost of treatment will be. If possible, opt for generic medications, which are often more affordable. 

Advancements in Eczema Research

There are many eczema causes that play a role in the symptoms of eczema. That’s made it a complicated condition to research. However, healthcare providers and researchers are understanding more about eczema, and are optimistic about finding new, more effective treatments.

Just this year, the Food and Drug Administration has approved three new prescription treatments for eczema:

Eventually, it’s possible that an eczema cure will exist. In the meantime, healthcare providers are developing treatments that are more powerful and effective. Although they won’t cure your eczema, they can provide long-lasting relief from symptoms. 

Summary

Eczema is a chronic skin condition that currently has no cure. However, there are a myriad of treatments available for eczema, including lifestyle changes like moisturizing often, alternative treatments like taking probiotics, and prescription drugs. Researchers are currently developing new drugs and gaining a better understanding of eczema. One day, that could lead to a cure. 

A Word From Verywell

Learning that you have an incurable condition is scary. But incurable doesn’t mean uncontrollable. Finding the best way to treat eczema for you or your child might take some trial and error. However, there are lots of eczema treatments available, and new drugs are constantly being developed. That should give you lots of hope for the future of eczema treatment. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do you get rid of eczema quickly?

    There’s no way to quickly get rid of eczema. However, moisturizing, using topical steroids, and trying prescription medication can all help control symptoms. Talk with your healthcare provider about what options are best for you.

  • How does diet trigger eczema?

    Eczema appears to be linked to allergens. For some people, foods can trigger eczema. Some common food triggers are soy, dairy, eggs, peanuts, wheat, and shellfish. If you’re sensitive to these foods, removing them from your diet may help control flairs.

  • Can you effectively treat eczema naturally?

    There are many natural treatments for eczema, including moisturizing, taking lukewarm baths, and taking supplements like vitamin D and probiotics. While some people will be able to treat their eczema with just these treatments, others will need over-the-counter or prescription drugs to keep the symptoms under control.

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By Kelly Burch
Kelly Burch is has written about health topics for more than a decade. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and more.