As any dermatologist will surely tell you, eczema is one of those skin conditions that really does cause consternation among patients of all descriptions. The key to winning the battle against the exasperating symptoms it brings is to make sure you understand all there is to know about the condition. This article is here to help.
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.
Trim your nails to keep them tidy. Even though you know you should not scratch your skin, you might do it in your sleep. This just makes the situation worse, and having long nails can compound the problem. Make sure you clean beneath your nails every day.
Experiment with suntan lotions to find one that works for you. Certain sunscreens may exacerbate your eczema while others will not. However, what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. Keep trying them until you find one you can live with. However, be sure to just test them on a small patch of skin first.
Don’t cut off all exposure to the sun. Your eczema could be a result of a Vitamin D deficiency, so blocking out the sun entirely is not a good idea. You should be getting at least 10 to 15 minutes of sunlight a day sans sunscreen. Don’t get any more than that though or you could burn.
For those that have eczema, skin care must be modified in the cold, dry winter months. During these months, you should use an oil-based moisturizer. The oil in these moisturizers promote moisture retention. The best form of moisturizer to use in these circumstances is an ointment due to the amount of oil it contains. Since ointments are 80% oil, it protects the skin more effectively than either lotions or creams.
Should your eczema start to bother you, do not itch, no matter how tempted you are to do so. Scratching not only makes itching worse, but it can actually irritate your skin and even cause infection. Try to find other ways to deal with the itching; apply cold compresses to the affected area or use medications.
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.
Anyone with any knowledge of or experience with eczema knows how problematic it can be. The good news is that given your new familiarity with the informative material presented in the above paragraphs, you are equipped to deal with it skillfully. Keep these tips as a useful reference, and you will always be ready to fight back against eczema.