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Blog: Medical

Alternative Eczema Remedies # 1: Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has been used for thousands of years and for many different ailments: from mouthwash to moisturiser! Recent research into its effectiveness has resulted in it becoming increasingly popular as an alternative remedy for treating eczema. One of the great attractions of coconut oil is its natural origin – but can it really be that good? The ScratchSleeves team delve into how coconut oil treats eczema, how to use it and the many other advantages. Read More

Using hydrocortisone creams for childhood eczema: Are topical corticosteroids safe?

Looking at the conversations on parenting forums, it’s clear that many parents have concerns over using prescribed hydrocortisone cream and other topical corticosteroids (TCS) in managing their child’s eczema. In fact there is much anxiety around the use of TCS, that doctors have a term for it: ‘steroid phobia’. As result of this phobia, lots of children are under-treated resulting in longer flare ups and increased complications such as infections. So, to address this very real fear and combat under-treatment we have teamed up with Dr Sam Hunt, consultant dermatologist at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital, to look at the research into the safety of these creams and how best to use them. Read More

Using Aloe Vera for Eczema: Alternative Remedies #2

Aloe vera is often touted as being a ‘miracle cure’ for eczema but does it really work? The ScratchSleeves team have been digging into the scientific research to bring you the ultimate fact based guide on using aloe vera for eczema children. Read More