You can’t just select any cream for rashes. Insisting on doing so only puts you at risk of causing even more irritation to your skin. At worst, the rashes may spread to more areas of your body – and rashes aren’t all that attractive. On a visit to the dermatologist, try viewing dermatitis pictures taken from different patients. What you should see is that each patient develops a different set of symptoms. Some may have rashes like yours, and others may have rashes that look completely different from the ones you have. So, when dealing with an eczema rash, you need to be careful of your choice of eczema creams.
Before moving onwards on how to choose the best product for skin rashes, there are a few misconceptions that need to be clarified – one being the confusion between the terms “dermatitis” and “eczema.” By definition, dermatitis is the inflammation of any or all of the skin’s three layers which includes the epidermis, the dermis, and the subcutaneous layer. Eczema has a more specific definition in which it is the inflammation of the skin’s exposed layer – the epidermis. There is actually a very thin line between the definitions of dermatitis and eczema but to make things simpler, eczema is basically a form of dermatitis.
Another fact that needs to be clarified is the question that arises because of the common traits of dermatitis and eczema, and that is whether or not dermatitis creams are effective for an eczema rash and if eczema creams will work on a dermatitis rash. Well, it actually depends on the situation. Because eczema is a type of dermatitis, there are a few similarities in their symptoms. Shared symptoms between these two include redness, swelling, and skin irritation which are characteristic of an inflammation.
However, dermatitis is a very broad term and is not a specific diagnosis that dermatologists give. It may constitute of inflammation of both the dermis and epidermis or might even go as far as the subcutaneous layer. And because the skin rashes associated with eczema only affect the epidermis, eczema creams that are specifically built to counteract inflammation in this layer may not have wondrous effects for dermatitis that goes beyond the epidermis. If it so happens that dermatitis is only present in the epidermal layer, then that is the only time that eczema creams may work against dermatitis rashes.
Because dermatitis may involve the inflammation of all three skin layers, dermatitis creams are nonspecific and target inflammation in any of these areas. Hence, unlike the eczema cream which has a limited scope, a dermatitis cream has broader treatment coverage and could therefore treat an eczema rash. Ultimately though, the best way that you can choose the appropriate cream for your rashes is to have yourself diagnosed by a licensed dermatologist before buying any OTC eczema or dermatitis creams at the local pharmacy. Eczema is but one type of dermatitis and eczema itself has many different types with different symptoms that require varying treatment approaches.
Once you have your exact eczema diagnosis and were informed by your doctor of the symptoms associated with your specific diagnosis, it is only by then that you can choose which eczema cream will work best for you.
An eczema rash may present itself as flat and itchy dry patches of skin, as red blotches on skin, or as red bumps that itch – depending on what eczema you have. With a rash from dry skin, moisturizing rash creams are the best options that can relieve the skin’s dryness and the itch that it causes. As for the presence of obvious inflammation like redness and swelling, there are creams for eczema that target these symptoms in particular. These creams may or may not contain steroids which are established anti-inflammatory agents. However, a steroidal cream should only be used with swollen rashes that rarely recur because long-term use of steroids has negative effects on the body. It also can’t be used for children and babies with eczema so it’s best to avoid steroidal cream for rashes.
However the safest choice to relieve your symptoms is to select creams that contain natural compounds such as, Blueberry leaves and Aloe Vera. These ingredients from nature have the ability to relieve the itch, redness, and swelling associated with eczema. The best part about nature-based creams is that they provide nutrition to the skin that a synthetic cream for rashes can’t give.