facts about eczema

Eczema is often a chronic illness, meaning that people with this condition may face flare-ups throughout their lifetimes.3

Here are some tips to help control eczema and avoid potential flare-ups:

Follow a regular skin care routine3

  • This means following any skin care instructions from healthcare professionals as well as using moisturizers and avoiding products that may irritate your skin.

Plan your daily routine so that you can deal with flare-ups should they occur2

  • You may experience flare-ups frequently or somewhat infrequently. Regardless, when one does occur, working the necessary skin care and treatment into your schedule can throw everything off kilter. Build in flexibility to your daily routine so that you have time to manage these potential flare-ups when they occur.
  • If you are a parent of a child with eczema, you may need to help your child organize their activities around flare-ups or find hobbies that may be more suitable for them.

Learn how to recognize and avoid stressful situations or events3

  • In order to avoid stressful situations or events you must first learn how to recognize them. This may be as simple as keeping a diary of your daily activities including keeping a record of situations and/or events that cause you stress.
  • Also pay attention to whether or not you experience a flare-up of your eczema after experiencing such an event.

Learn stress management techniques3

  • Being organized and setting priorities are simple tasks that could go a long way towards helping you reduce your stress levels.
  • Finding a hobby or partaking in regular exercise or even meditation may also be ways of reducing your stress levels.
  • If you are a parent of a child with eczema, you may want to try practicing relaxation techniques
    (e.g., deep breathing or meditation) along with your child.

Keep a record of your scratching3

  • Keep a record of when you scratch and what you are doing during these situations. This will help you avoid them in the future or help you plan alternative strategies to distract you from itching when faced with one of these situations.
  • Control your environment — avoid irritants, allergens and dry air; wear cotton and remember to moisturize.



See More


ELIDEL (pimecrolimus) cream, 1% is a prescription medicine used on the skin (topical) to treat eczema (atopic dermatitis). ELIDEL Cream is for adults and children ages 2 years and older who do not have a weakened immune system. ELIDEL Cream is used on the skin for short periods, and if needed, treatment may be repeated with breaks in between. ELIDEL Cream is for use after other prescription medicines have not worked for you or if your doctor recommends that other prescription medicines should not be used.


What's the most important information I need to know about ELIDEL?

ELIDEL Cream may cause serious side effects. It is not known if ELIDEL Cream is safe to use for a long period of time. A very small number of people who have used ELIDEL Cream have gotten cancer (for example, skin cancer or lymphoma). But a link that ELIDEL Cream use caused these cancers has not been shown. Because of this concern: