Living with eczema can be a challenge. It is unpredictable because you never know when or where it can pop up next. So being ready to deal with it at any time is important. But just because you don’t currently have a flare-up, doesn’t mean that you should let down your guard. Here are some ways to treat it and to lessen the chance of new flare-ups.
Make sure not to touch your skin if you have eczema. Eczema can cause a great deal of discomfort. However, scratching will only make you need to scratch more often. This may cause your skin to become infected. Moisturize your skin as often as possible and use cold compresses to relieve your symptoms.
If you have eczema, rubbing your skin with a towel to get it dry may aggravate your eczema and lead to a flare-up. Rubbing produces friction which can irritate sensitive skin areas. It also removes your body’s naturals oils. When drying you body after bathing, use a towel to pat your skin until it’s partially dry. While your skin is still a bit damp, apply a moisturizer to lock in the bath’s moisture.
If you suffer with eczema flare-ups, be sure that your skin remains moisturized. This is one of the best ways to keep your flare-ups under control. Moisturizing often, particularly after washing, can keep the skin soft and smooth. Try to use plain and unscented moisturizers rather than products that have additives and chemicals in them.
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.
Ointments are much more beneficial to the skin. Ointments provide superior treatment for eczema as they help lock in the moisture by applying a protective layer. You don’t get this from creams or lotions. That’s why ointments work better for eczema rashes.
Reduce sweating as much as you can to keep your eczema from flaring up. If you get overheated, sweating can cause eczema to flareup. If you do exercise, make sure you cool down soon after. Shower when you are done with a workout.
Get your skin damp before applying your moisturizer. This helps the moisturizer to seal into your skin and soften it. Following your shower or bath, just pat your skin with a towel. This will remove a lot of the wetness but still leave the skin damp and ready for moisturizing.
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.
As you may already know, eczema is something that has to be lived with. There is no definitive cure. It can only be treated by making changes in your life and dealing with it. So keep the tips from above in mind and make the changes that can help you control your eczema.