Anti-histamine works against
histamine that is being produced by your anti-bodies due to the presence of allergens.
In many cases this drug has little or no effect against eczema. It also cause sedation.
Corticosteroids work by switching off the immune response system. They decrease
the inflammatory reaction in the skin. Corticosteroid cause immunosupression and
metabolic side effects on long term administration.
their promise, topical, oral, and systemic steroids have drawbacks. The literature
reflects more than 50 years of studies noting a variety of adverse reactions to
corticosteroids - ranging from mild to life-threatening and life-altering.
use of topical steroids in the same area can cause thinning of the epidermis and
changes in the connective tissue of the dermis. The skin becomes lax, wrinkled,
and shiny. Affected areas can be depressed below the level of normal skin with visible
telangiectasias, hypopigmentation, and prominence of underlying veins.
Anti-biotics are prescribed "in case" of a secondary bacterial infection. In
most cases an antibiotic does more harm than good, by destroying the beneficial
colon flora but does nothing to treat the eczema.
Emolients and lotions
are fine for the dryness, the problem with many of them is that
they contain petrochemicals, perfumes or some additive that aggravates the eczema.
based emollients have shown to be very ineffective.
Ultra violet light therapies have also proven ineffective,
very costly with long term side effects.