Methods of Treating Eczema


I. Introduction


A. Definition of eczema

B. Background information

1. Number of sufferers

2. No cure but treatment to reduce discomfort

3. The two distinct methods & their definitions

C. Thesis statement

1. Conventional & complementary/alternative treatments

2. Description of each method

3. Illustration of how they function


II. Conventional Methods


A. Emollients for moisture

1. Ointments for very dry skin e.g. petroleum jelly

2. Creams for milder condition e.g. Neutrogena

3. Liquid as soap substitute e.g. any soap/perfume free product

B. Steroid ointment/cream containing cortisone

1. Calm down flare-ups

2. Used concurrently with antibiotic cream

C. Antibiotic cream

1. Against Staphylococcus aureus bacteria

2. Used concurrently with steroid ointment/cream

D. Ultra violet light for very severe cases


III. Complementary/Alternative Methods


A. Holistic approach to relieve stress & discomfort

1. Relaxation techniques

2. Homeopathy herbal treatments

B. Natural oils

1. Fish oils e.g. cod liver to control eczema

2. Evening primrose oil soothing

3. Tea-tree oil antiseptic/antibacterial effect

C. Vitamin C & E healthy skin

D. Chinese traditional treatments to relieve discomfort

1. Acupuncture

2. Herbal/traditional medicine


IV. Conclusion


A. Summary of main points

B. Restatement of thesis