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.
Avoid scratching your skin in areas that have eczema. This will only aid in making the skin itchier and will increase the inflammation. It could also cause infection. If you need to calm the itch, try applying a cooling gel or moisturizer. Make sure fingernails are clipped short, as well.
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.
Wear non-irritating clothes. Certain fabrics, such as synthetic ones, could cause flare ups. If you suffer from eczema, cottons are the healthiest fabrics. Anytime you purchase new clothing, be sure it is thoroughly washed and rinsed before you don it. Use a mild, unscented detergent that doesn’t contain fabric softener.
Excessive sweat kept on the body can cause eczema flare ups. Eczema symptoms can be aggravated by overheating or sweating. When you engage in sports, make sure to get cooled immediately after finishing. Try taking a shower quickly after you work out some.
If your baby has eczema, bathe him or her every day. This will help to keep the skin moisturized and free from infection. Besides hydrating your baby’s skin to help keep flare-ups at bay, baths can be fun for babies, and you can use them as an opportunity to further bond with yours.
One effective skin care regimen which will reduce flare-ups and improve response to medication and treatment is proper application of moisturizers. Moisturizers trap moisture in the skin, so applying moisturizers no later than 3 minutes after bathing is highly effective. Of course, it is still important to continue to apply a moisturizer to very dry patches of skin throughout the day.
While your skin is still damp, use the moisturizer in the area on which the eczema appears. This helps your skin maintain more moisture. Begin by using a towel to gently blot the skin which locks in moisture along with natural oils. After that, put on the moisturizer. Do this right after you get out of your bath or shower.
During the summer months, beware of which sunscreens you use if you have eczema. Every eczema sufferer has certain triggers, but sunscreen lotions are a common one. If you try multiple sunscreens and every one of them seem to cause a flare-up, you may want to chat with your doctor about a prescription alternative.
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.