Living daily with eczema could be a daunting task. Flare-ups can come at the most inopportune times. These flare-ups can take long periods of time to dissipate. Here are tips to lessen flareups and control your skin.
As you may already know, when you have a flare-up with your eczema, the itching associated with it is almost unbearable. You want to scratch the affected skin, but you know that if you do it will only make the situation worse. A cold compress can curb your desire to scratch. The compress provides some relief because it reduces inflammation of the affected skin cells.
Don’t take too many hot showers if you have sensitive skin. Lukewarm showers are the way to go if you have eczema. Use gentle soaps that aren’t too harsh on the skin, and stay away from rubbing the skin too much. Once your skin is clean, pat it gently to dry it.
Make your moisturizer your best friend. Every time you wash your hands or take a bath, apply the moisturizer. Do not get fancy. Anything that has a scent attached to it could exacerbate your condition. Also, look for a very thick product to get the best results for your skin.
If you have allergies, being exposed to what you are allergic to may make your eczema worse. Eczema is not an allergy, but some common allergens that could trigger eczema are dairy products, eggs, wheat and tomatoes. Other things that could make your eczema flare up are pet dander, pollen, dust and mold.
If you are getting ready to put something on your skin to moisturize it, like an ointment or a lotion, make sure you get your skin damp first. That will help the moisturizer do its job. It may be best to apply the product within a few minutes of getting out the shower or the bath. Simply pat yourself dry, so that you are not dripping wet, and then put the product on.
There are several medications you can try to help relieve the itching of eczema. Topical treatments including calamine lotion, which helps soothe the itching. Another topical option is an over-the-counter cream that contains one percent hydrocortisone. For severe itching, consider an oral over-the-counter antihistamine, such as Benadryl. Follow the instructions on the package, and remember that antihistamines may cause drowsiness.
Know what your triggers are so you can avoid them. Your triggers may laundry detergent, soaps, and dust. You should probably steer clear of any products that contain fragrances, chemicals or other unnatural additives. Choose pure and unscented products instead. This will help to reduce the discomfort of daily eczema flare-ups.
To reduce eczema flare-ups, there are some basic bathing rules you can follow. Use room temperature water in your tub or shower. Hot water can cause eczema flare-ups. Don’t scrub your skin. Use a gentle soap alternative instead of soap itself. Pat your skin dry, and liberally apply moisturizer when you are done bathing.
Never scratch at itchy skin. Eczema can be quite itchy and unpleasant. It is important that you avoid the temptation to scratch. Scratching can cause your skin to only itch more. Worse, it could lead to infection. Find other ways to manage your itching. Try using medications or cold compresses.
Pay attention to the clothes that you wear. The clothing on your skin can cause flare ups. Use clothes that have cotton or cotton blends. Any other type of fabric can be a skin irritant. You also want to wash your clothes properly. Fabric softener and strong chemical detergents should be avoided.
While it is not clear what causes eczema, there are effective ways to treat it. Did you know that dishpan hands, characterized by skin cracking and dryness, is a type of eczema? Try to use gloves when you are doing the dishes. If you have a latex sensitivity, use thin cotton gloves underneath. After the dishes are washed, any moisture that has accumulated on the skin should be patted off with a soft cloth. Also, be sure to use a moisturizer after drying your hands.
Here is one deep treatment for the red, dry, itchy skin caused by eczema. When preparing for bed wash your hands with a mild soap, rinse with warm water and gently pat them dry. Slather on a thick layer of petroleum jelly all over your hands. Pull on some thin cotton gloves and hit the sack. The next morning your hands will be smoother and less itchy.
Do you have a child that has eczema? Even though you have tried to keep you child from scratching areas of skin that are itching, it still happens. To minimize the amount of damage done when they succumb to the itch/scratch cycle, keep your child’s fingernails clipped short. To help prevent damaging scratching during sleep, cover their hands with soft, cotton gloves.
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