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.
You likely do not give much thought to the clothes that you wear if you have eczema. This can be important for your comfort. You should put on clothes that fit loosely and which are made from natural fibers like cotton. Wool can be an irritant to the skin. All clothes should be rinsed twice and washed using a mild detergent before you first wear them.
If you have allergies, being exposed to what you are allergic to may make your eczema worse. Eczema is not an allergy, but some common allergens that could trigger eczema are dairy products, eggs, wheat and tomatoes. Other things that could make your eczema flare up are pet dander, pollen, dust and mold.
When buying a detergent, look for something that is not scented. If you are having trouble finding one that works for you, look for products labeled “free and clear” and see if they work. In addition, it may be best not to use a fabric softener at all. This product can cause an issue for people with eczema, so it is usually not worth the risk.
If the air in your room is too dry, it may cause your eczema to act up. Therefore, a humidifier is often an important addition to an eczema sufferer’s home. Consider which rooms you spend the most time in and place the humidifier there. You should notice a difference in your skin.
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.
Do not scratch your eczema. It is hard to resist because eczema is an itchy skin condition, but scratching makes it worse. You can increase the itching, damage your skin, and increase your risk of getting an infection. Try keeping the skin moisturized, bathing regularly, and using cold compresses to alleviate itching.
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.