• Atopic Dermatitis
Eczema is irritation to the outer layers of the skin. It causes an itchy, red rash. Scratching makes the rash worse.
It is treated with skin care, medicines, and UV light therapy. Some people turn to natural therapies to further manage symptoms.
May Be Effective
May Not Be Effective
Unlikely to Be Effective
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Herbs and Supplements to Be Used With Caution
Talk to your doctor about all herbs or supplements you are taking. Some may interact with your treatment plan or health conditions. Some supplements discussed here have certain concerns such as:
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Last reviewed May 2019 by EBSCO NAT Review Board