You’ve just been told by your doctor that you have eczema.
Maybe it’s your child or significant other or family member whose been recently told they have eczema.
So what is the typical eczema treatment prescription?
What is the go to protocol when it comes to eczema?
How in the world do I treat this monster!?
Well, this is why you’ve landed on the best blog about eczema.
I’ve gotchu covered amigo.
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Western Medicine Treatment Plan
When I say Western medicine, I mean North America and Europe. It also means Allopathic medicine.
I know you are thinking “You’ve lost me homie…”
Let me explain.
Allopathic medicine is when Medical Professionals treat symptoms and diseases using drugs, radiation and/or surgery.
Rather than viewing the body as a whole, and seeing the bigger picture.
They focus on the symptoms and try to alleviate them.
Allopathic medicine is also referred to as Western medicine, conventional medicine, mainstream medicine.
You get the gist right?
Now you are wondering, “Wait, what about Eastern medicine?”
Allopathic medicine has definitely influenced the East as well but there are other schools of medicine such as Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Homeopathy and more.
Eastern medicine typically is known for looking at the entire mind and body to determine the root cause.
This is what Western medicine fails to do.
The million dollar question is, why is one experiencing eczema to begin with?
Why are they experiencing rashes?
Why are they itching?
What is really going on?
So what is the typical eczema treatment prescription?
So, How Do Doctors Treat Severe Eczema?
Let me tell you how because I was once here for a very long time.
As a kid and even today, the eczema treatment prescription plan given to me by doctors and skin specialists/dermatologists is:
- Prescription topical medications such as Protopic, Hydroval, Betaderm to apply to the affected areas
- Antihistamines such as Reactine, Benadryl and Atarax
- Allergy skin-prick tests on a yearly basis to find my triggers and if I have outgrown any
- Some are even given oral medication or pills which are steroid based to control the immune system from inside
This treatment plan could be fine for you depending on the severity.
However, what happens when your eczema starts to get worse?
Western medicine’s first solution is to usually to increase the strength of any of the prescribed medications until it is under control and then advise to decrease the dosage.
My mistake was not decreasing the dosage as it got under control.
I was never told this.
My eczema never went away, it always kept at bay or suppressed with topical steroids.
So what happens when you are on these steroid medications for almost your whole life?
This is one of the main reasons why this blog was created.
To help prevent people going through topical steroid withdrawal or help them heal.
What Do Dermatologists Prescribe for Eczema?
However, these days, due to advancements in technology, there is a new drug I’ve been hearing called Dupixent.
It’s called a antibody drug that works on very specific targets within your immune system according to Dupixent.
Aside from that, honestly, it’s the same shit. I know I sound sour but it’s because I’ve had extremely disappointing appointment experiences and successes with Doctors, Specialists and Dermatologists.
When I went 5-6 years ago, it was the same thing.
Apply these creams.
Take these pills.
We can’t do much about eczema. Next!
However, just because they didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean you can’t find success.
Explore your options, try it out. See what works.
But you need to ask yourself “How long do I want to be on these medications? What are the short term and long term side effects? Are there alternative options?”
What is the Best Prescription Medicine For Eczema?
Typically it’s hydrocortisone based creams. Betaderm. Hydroval. Eucrisa.
Some are even prescribed oral steroid medications because it’s so severe.
Another is called, Protopic.
Along with that, antihistamine or sleeping medication to help with the itching.
In my opinion though, none of these are the best because of the long term implications.
They may be great on a short term basis to get things under control but it’s most definitely not a viable long term solution whatsoever.
If you aren’t satisfied with this eczema treatment prescription plan, I urge you to explore other options that may work such as Homeopathy, Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Traditional Chinese Medication, Acupuncture, Certified Nutritional Practitioner, etc.
You may also want to make your own treatment plan.
Don’t think of a treatment plan as something that needs prescription medication.
It can be a combination of a lifestyle change, eczema-based diet plan and natural home remedies.
This is what I am currently doing and have seen amazing progress.
Remember, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
What Do I With My Current Eczema Treatment Prescription?
Throw it in the garbage and don’t look back (this is not medical advice)!
I can’t legally tell you to stop…so these are my disclaimers.
Actually, keep it in your back pocket for emergencies.
But what made the biggest difference is focusing on nutrition to healing from the inside out. Focusing on my mindset.
Become Sherlock Holmes and solve the case of your own eczema.
Because no one else will.
Your doctor is just going to continue shoving basic eczema treatment prescription protocols. We ain’t basic.
Ask yourself, what’s causing you to flare up?
What’s triggering your eczema?
When did it start?
This can feel overwhelming to do.
It’s a huge responsibility and undertaking.
But you don’t have to do this alone my friend.
I also needed someone to guide me on this path.
There was a lot of uncertainty and experimentation.
When you feel like this, it’s a good idea to explore working with a Certified Skin Health Coach to put you on the right path.
If you are starting your eczema or topical steroid withdrawal journey, book your complimentary 30 min call to find out how you can get started!
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