Do you know what eczema is? Do you suffer from this condition, or does your child? If so, you know how unpleasant it can be to have irritated, itchy skin that just won’t go away. There are ways to treat eczema so that it does not flare up as frequently. Read on to learn more.
One key factor in controlling eczema is to daily practice good skin care. When washing your skin, it’s best to use a soap substitute or a mild soap. These cleansing agents are less likely to dry out your skin. Immediately after bathing, always apply a good moisturizer. Moisturizers help conserve your skin’s natural moisture.
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.
Patients who regularly suffer from eczema flare-ups are better off avoiding stressful situations. Stress can make a flare up occur. If you are having difficulty dealing with stress, try working out or deep breathing techniques. Then you can avoid stress induced flare-ups.
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.
Control your indoor temperature. Eczema tends to flare up during shifts in temps or humidity. Use your air conditioner to stay cool in the warmer months. A humidifier can help you keep your skin from drying out during colder weather. Staying comfortable temp wise will help reduce the frequency of flare ups.
Make sure you keep the temperature in your house fairly consistent. Varying temperatures outside of normal ranges can actually cause your eczema symptoms to worsen. Invest in a good air conditioner and keep your furnace in tip top shape, plus add a humidifier to it. The humidifier keeps your skin from drying out too much.
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.
Warm baths can help soothe the itching caused by eczema. Don’t make the water too cold or too hot. Add some Epson salts, baking soda and/or colloidal oatmeal to the water for soothing relief. You can also try half a cup of bleach in a forty gallon bath. This can be helpful in eliminating bacteria that affects the skin.
Eczema is not a life-threatening condition, but that does not mean that it cannot make your life miserable. Anyone who suffers from eczema knows just how unpleasant it can be when it flares up. Fortunately, you can treat your eczema by using the tips and information that you have read here.