Eczema can affect people of every age, causing itchy patches of dry, cracking skin. Battling with eczema can often feel daunting, but it is possible to experience relief from this relatively common skin condition. While there are cases that may require prescription treatment, it is possible for most people to get it under control by making a few simple changes in their life. If you or your child suffers from eczema, here are three ways to help keep it at bay.
Change Your Skin Care Routine
People with eczema are incredibly sensitive to additives and fragrances, so it's best to switch to all hypoallergenic skin care products. Bathe regularly, but keep it quick and avoid hot showers and baths, as they can make the condition worse. Be sure to moisturize generously every day, especially immediately after a shower or bath.
Switch Laundry Detergents
One of the worst culprits in causing eczema flareups is laundry detergent. Switch to a brand that's completely free of fragrances and dyes and stop using fabric softener altogether. For help with stains, choose a product that's intended to be safe for sensitive skin, or create your own stain remover with baking soda, fragrance free dish soap and peroxide.
Treat Flareups Quickly and Thoroughly
When an eczema flareup occurs, the patches of dry skin can crack and bleed, causing extreme irritation and discomfort. Keep the skin clean and apply a hydrocortisone cream to the affected area frequently until it has completely healed. If it takes more than a week to heal with regular treatment and attention, a stronger prescription version may be needed. Take note of what was done or handled before a flareup to help avoid it again in the future.
While eczema is relatively common and usually completely harmless, it is still a good idea to see your doctor first to obtain a proper diagnosis. But by changing a few habits, you may find that this condition is very easy to live with.
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