What Patients Say Works for Eczema

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By Alex Carmichael, Co-Founder of CureTogether

People living with Eczema have reported that some of the most effective treatments for their skin include medications like Clobetisol, Trimacinolone, Elocon, and Fluocinonide. This is according to a new study by CureTogether, a free resource owned by 23andMe that allows people to share information about their health and treatments.

Participants in the study also said they found that simple interventions like avoiding allergens, avoiding sweating or temperature changes, moisturizing often, and reducing stress were also effective. They also said dietary changes help. Conversely some common treatments such as antihistamines, coconut oil, and not washing hair every day were among the least effective, according to the study.

Effective Treatments for Eczema As Rated By Patients
1. Clobetisol
2. Triamcinolone
3. Steroid injection
4. Elocon
5. Fluocinonide
6. Avoid problem foods
7. Avoid allergens
8. Corticosteroid cream
9. Moisturize frequently
10. Reduce stress

According to the National Institutes of Health, Eczema affects 15 million Americans and 10% of young adults worldwide. It can be embarrassing to experience cosmetically, but also impacts people’s quality of life. Finding accurate recommendations on treatments that work well can be challenging, so CureTogether asked people living with Eczema to rate the effectiveness of 32 different patient-reported treatments.

Where did this data come from? This is the result of a four-year CureTogether study on Eczema, in which 1,109 people living with the condition shared information about their symptoms and what treatments worked best for them. We’d like to thank those who participated. And just as they shared their experience with treatments, we’re freely and openly sharing the results of the Eczema study.

This is part of a regular series of CureTogether research findings. CureTogether’s research findings are different than those made by 23andMe, which look at genetic associations with illness, traits and drug response. But as we continue our work with the CureTogether community, 23andMe hopes to incorporate more of this kind of self-reported information into our own research. CureTogether present its findings just as they are — patient-reported data — to stimulate discussion and generate new insights for further research.

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  • Sharon A. Swanson

    CapriClear really helps. It helps soothe the itch and reduces the redness that comes with having eczema. We use it all the time and highly recommend it.

  • greenherbin

    It’s
    very informative and it will help many others, we are also dealing in same
    field hence found this informative to add in our process also

  • Janet Barker-Evans

    Clobetasol with an Unna’s boot wrap is the only thing that helped me, after years of failed treatments. I do that for 3-5 days and I have amazing healing that lasts for weeks or months.

  • Karen K.

    Hello,

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    If you are interested in seeing if this product works for you, please respond to my comment. I’d be more than happy to mail out a sample free of charge. No one should have to suffer from eczema…especially babies and children. :(

    God bless,
    Karen K.

  • Leslie Chua

    Nice info but I’d like to share that topical steroids have an inherent risk and there are people who become dependent on them, just like I did. Withdrawing from their usage lead to more rashes and eczema-like symptoms. I’m close to 10 months off all Topical Steroids and my skin has recovered so well. Do note the dangers of topical steroids, and use them VERY sparingly.

    Rgds,
    Leslie Chua
    Founder of Eczemag

    • moirajw

      corticosteroids prescribed for my hand eczema have ruined my hands and did not work long term anyway – now I am careful to moisturise with oat based products as frequently as I can – as well as avoid know irritants like window cleaning detergents and washing up liquids especially

  • diane

    Steroids dont work for me anymore. Ive been suffering from eczema since i was a child. I now use organic oils like blackseed oil calendula shea butter etc and it seems to help me more. What works the best is i use a mini travel steamer and it kills the itch right away. U have to be carefull and make sure its upright or it could cause burns. Steam sauna works too. Then apply the oils.

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