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.
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.
Common treatments for eczema include topical creams and ointments that contain cortisone. You could try hydrocortisone that can be purchased at your local drug store. If this doesn’t soothe your eczema, you should talk with your doctor about possibly getting a stronger prescription from him. These will work like other steroid creams, but will be able to be used for a longer time.
Do not turn the water up too high when in the shower or the bath. It can cause problems for your eczema. In addition, be gentle when washing your skin. Do not rub the skin too hard, and avoid soap. Instead, use a cleanser that is safer for your body.
You should always use sunscreen. This is even more important when you have eczema. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 so you don’t get a sunburn. Having a sunburn can make your skin even itchier than usual. You could use sunscreens specifically formulated for the face on the entire body. These are generally more gentle to use.
PABA-free sunscreen is the way to go with eczema. This ingredient can really cause eczema sufferers some problems. Check the ingredient list even if the front of the bottle says PABA-free. And speak to your doctor about whether you may need a sunscreen that’s more powerful.
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.
Try to be aware of anything that triggers your eczema. Flare ups of eczema can be particularly unpleasant. It is important to know what makes your eczema worse. Do scented soaps or lotions aggravate your skin? Make note of anything that causes your eczema to flare up, and make a point to avoid it.
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.