Many people have tried some type of alternative medication to treat their eczema. These treatments may provide some relief, but their safety and efficacy have not been well tested, and they have not have been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is important for you to tell your doctor if you are taking any of these nontraditional remedies. And it is especially important for your doctor to know if you are taking any of these nontraditional remedies while you are taking any kind of medicine. People sometimes try these remedies if they are frustrated with their other treatments. Here is a list of things people frequently try:

Licorice Guava St. John's Wort
[Licorice] [Guava] [St. John's Wort]
  • Herbal Remedies
    • Licorice (used as a topical gel)
    • Guava leaves (used as a tea)
    • Chinese herbal teas
    • St. Johnís wort (used as a lotion or tea)
  • Probiotics: taken by mouth, they help "good" bacteria to grow in the intestines, which is thought to help relieve inflammation.
  • Homeopathic Remedies: based on the idea of treating diseases with substances that cause similar symptoms. Examples include arsenicum album (arsenic oxide) and calcarea carbonica (ground oyster shell).
  • Hypnosis
  • Acupuncture
  • Gamma linoleic acid oils
    • Evening Primrose oil
    • Borage oil

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