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What other options you may consider if you don’t want to use topical steroid?

What other options you may consider if you don’t want to use topical steroid?

If you are looking for alternatives to topical steroids, there are several options to consider. Here are some tips and treatments that may help alleviate skin conditions without the use of topical steroids:

1. Maintain Good Skin Hygiene

Keeping your skin clean and well-hydrated is essential for managing skin conditions. Use a gentle, fragrance-free soap and warm (not hot) water to clean your skin. Be sure to pat your skin dry with a soft towel – do not rub your skin, as this can irritate it further.

2. Use Moisturizers

Moisturizers can help soothe and protect dry, itchy skin. Look for a fragrance-free, hypoallergenic moisturizer that is specifically formulated for sensitive skin. Apply it to your skin immediately after bathing or showering, while your skin is still wet, to help lock in moisture.

3. Try Natural Remedies

There are several natural remedies that may help alleviate skin conditions. For example: - Coconut oil: This natural oil has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that may help reduce symptoms of eczema. - Aloe vera: This soothing plant has been used for centuries to treat a variety of skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis. - Tea tree oil: This essential oil has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that may help relieve symptoms of eczema and psoriasis. - Oatmeal baths: Soaking in a bath with colloidal oatmeal can help soothe itchy, irritated skin.

4. Make Dietary Changes

Certain foods can trigger flare-ups of skin conditions. If you suspect that certain foods may be aggravating your skin condition, try eliminating them from your diet for a few weeks to see if your symptoms improve. Common triggers include dairy, gluten, soy, and processed foods. Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein can help reduce inflammation in the body and improve skin health.

5. Consider Light Therapy

Light therapy, also known as phototherapy, uses ultraviolet light or laser to reduce inflammation and itching in the skin. It can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions, including psoriasis and eczema. Light therapy can be administered in a dermatologist's office or with a phototherapy unit.

6. Try Stress Reduction Techniques

Stress can worsen skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Stress reduction techniques like mindfulness meditation, deep breathing exercises, and yoga can help reduce stress and improve skin health.

7. Consult with a Healthcare Provider

It is important to work with a healthcare provider to find the most appropriate treatment plan for your specific condition. Your healthcare provider can help you determine which alternative treatments may be most effective for your skin condition and can monitor your progress to ensure that your symptoms are improving. Be sure to inform your healthcare provider about any changes in your treatment plan, including the use of natural remedies or changes to your diet.

8. Emerging treatment options Treatment options are available for controlling the skin inflammation without the use of steroid. For example, there are several groups of drugs called topical calcineurin inhibitors(TCI) or phosphodiesterase-4 inhibitor (PDE4) inhibitors.

New specific treatments are also available, like the class of drug called biologics and JAK inhibitors. They work precisely on the inflammatory pathways and have much faster onset of actions and almost complete resolution of itchiness and skin lesions with fewer side-effects.


Publisher: P.S.S.C Update Time: 2023-06-01












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