Eczema can be a chronic condition that comes and goes. But during the times when you are experiencing a flair-up, it can disrupt your life in many ways. So learning the triggers and what you can do to keep it from taking over is essential. So here are some proven ways to help you keep your breakouts to a minimum.
Pay attention to your hands. Because you wash them throughout the day, they can get very dry and are prone to more eczema. If you are engaged in an activity that involves water, like washing the dishes, wear rubber gloves. This will help protect your skin from the water throughout the day.
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.
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.
Resist the urge to scratch. Scratching will only intensify that itchy feeling. It can also cause harm to your skin, including infection. Find other ways to relieve that itch. Use moisturizers, medications, cold compresses, and long soaks in the tub instead. These methods relieve your itch and make you feel better.
Keep your hands protected. Wear rubber gloves while washing dishes or performing another activity in which your hands are submersed in water. For further protection, wear cotton gloves underneath the rubber ones to reduce sweat and irritation. Use the cotton gloves while performing other activities, such as gardening and housework.
A warm bath can be very soothing for itching eczema. Do not make the bath water too cold or too hot. Add some Epson salts, baking soda and/or colloidal oatmeal to the water for soothing relief. You might also try putting a bit of bleach into your bath to help get rid of skin bacteria.
As you can see, there are many things that you can do to help you in your battle with eczema. Many of them are simple things, while others require changing some of your habits and environment. But making these changes can help keep your eczema under control and you will find that your breakouts may occur less frequently and be less severe.