Living with eczema can be tough but there are certain ways on how you can make the symptoms of eczema manageable. Here are some helpful tips.
Eczema and Bathing
You would need to pay attention with how you bathe or shower when you have eczema. The rule is to keep it short, use warm water and not hot water. A gentle cleanser is recommended. Avoid using soaps as they have strong ingredients that can dry up your skin which can lead to irritation or a flare-up. When having a bath, the use of oatmeal products is recommended. But for babies with eczema, it is best to consult your doctor first before using any oatmeal products in the bath. You should also avoid scrubbing your skin. When drying the skin, it is best to lightly pat dry with a towel then while your skin is still damp, lather on a generous amount of moisturizer.
Eczema and Moisturizing
Keeping the skin moisturized is crucial when you have eczema. Atopic dermatitis is the most common type of eczema and it is characterized by dry and itchy skin. To give your skin some relief, always moisturize your skin at least 2 or 3 times in a day and after every bath or even after washing your hands. When choosing a moisturizer, avoid ones with fragrances and alcohol as they tend to dry the skin. Creams as well as ointments are excellent choices in moisturizers. The Argan oil is a great moisturizer especially for people with eczema as it contains numerous components with moisturizing properties such as Vitamin E, essential fatty acids and Sterols. If you have a nut allergy, be sure to ask your doctor first before using Argan oil as this oil is extracted from the Argan nuts.
Fight the Urge to Scratch
During a flare-up, your skin can be really itchy. But try your very best to not rub or scratch your skin as things would only get worse. Your skin can become even more inflamed and itchier as you keep on scratching. Instead of scratching, give your skin a good soothing. A cold moisturizer or a cool gel can give you relief. Keep your nails trimmed all the time so that you avoid breaking your skin and make it prone to infection. If your child has eczema, keep the nails short and let him or her wear light gloves when sleeping as your child might scratch the skin while asleep.
It is ideal to go for loose-fitting clothes made with soft fabrics such as cotton and other open-weave comfortable materials. Clothing made with wool and other coarsely woven materials are not ideal as they can irritate your skin and trigger a flare-up. You should remember to wash newly bought clothes as they may have skin- irritating chemicals in them such as formaldehyde. For your laundry, it is best to use only mild detergents free of fragrances, bleach and dyes. Give your clothes a second or third rinse to ensure that all traces of soap are removed.
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