The classic signs of eczema are red itchy patches that scale or weep and crust, most often on the arms and behind the knees. The condition tends to run in family, together with asthma and hay fever, and often occuring episodically, flaring up and then subsiding again.
Here are some ways to lessen the irritation and conditions associated with eczema.
For some people, certain foods seem to provoke outbreaks of eczema. The most commonculprits are dairy products such as milk and eggs, wheat, fish and foods that contain soy.
So, for starters, keep a food diary and if you are able to pinpoint some potential food triggers, do your best to avoid them!
This remedy may help to relieve night time itching. It may also promote sleep, as drowsiness is a side effect, but do not take these medicines during the day if you intend to drive or to operate potentially dangerous machinery.
This goes without saying – Eczema can be intensely itchy but scratching releases chemicals in the skin that actually make the itching worse.
For many people, especially young children, the scratching causes more problems than the eczema, especially if the skin becomes infected. Keep nails well trimmed, and put on a pair of thin cotton gloves at night, when the irritation, and therefore the impulse to scratch, may be at its worst.
Do your best to avoid any soaps, creams, shampoos and detergents that irritate your skin. You may find it helpful to keep some sort of record for your symptoms and the product
Choose unperfumed products and those designed for people with sensitive skin or allergies, and stick to non-biological washing powder.
Choose a simple moisturising cream. Do not use products containing steroids without talking to your doctor first as prolonged use can cause skin thinning and damage,
especially on the face!
Some people with eczema have a reaction to house dust mites, so keep your home as dust
free as possible.
Avoid wearing wool and synthetic fabrics next to the skin: instead, choose cotton or a fabric that is fine and non-scratchy to avoid irritating already sensitive skin.
At night, sleep under a cotton sheet rather than a duvet or blankets during hot weather. Try to keep your skin well moisturiscd, as dry skin can worsen your eczema condition.
You might also find it helpful to use an emollient bath oil or sprinkle bicarbonateor oatmeal into thc bathwater to soothe irritated skin.
Try to keep calm in potentially stressful situations, as stress can induce flare-ups. It’s important to be able to relax and to create a soothing environment at home.
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