10 Tips for Anyone with Eczema
People with eczema (atopic dermatitis) know how much itching and pain it can cause. These 10 tips can help you lessen the worst of eczema’s bothers:
1. Know your triggers:
Different people have different eczema triggers, so it is important to discover what yours are and to avoid them. Cosmetic and hygiene products with added fragrances are common triggers. Others include cleaning products, pet dander, grass, gasoline, dust and certain foods.
2. Moisturize often:
Use moisturizer often, especially in places where your skin is dry or irritated or after bathing. Look for a moisturizer without additives or fragrances, which can aggravate your skin.
3. Moderate your home’s climate:
Temperature and humidity changes can trigger eczema flare ups. Keep your home cool with air conditioning in the summer. Try using a humidifier if the weather is cold and dry.
4. No scratching:
Scratching can damage your skin and lead to infection. Try using a cold compress, moisturizing or other medications.
5. Don’t sweat it:
Some people have eczema flare ups when they get overheated or sweat. Shower right after exercise to avoid this.
6. Wear comfortable clothes:
Wools and synthetic fabrics can cause troubles for your skin. Wash clothes regularly, skip the fabric softener, and try to stick with cotton and cotton blends.
7. Check your stress:
Stress increases the likelihood of a flare-up, and flare-ups increase the likelihood of stress. Learn some stress reduction techniques, such as breathing exercises, yoga or meditation. Exercise also reduces stress.
8. Don’t take too hot showers:
Overly hot water can be a trigger for eczema. Try switching to room-temperature water for your showers and baths.
9. Protect your hands:
When you are washing dishes or doing household chores with chemical products, try putting on plastic gloves to protect your hands from irritation. Also wear cotton or leather gloves in cold weather.
10. Get medicated:
Talk to your doctor about medication to relieve your eczema symptoms. Options range from over-the-counter ointments and antihistamines, to prescription drugs for eczema.
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