How to Soothe Eczema with 7 Home Remedies
Eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis) affects millions of Americans. Beyond the dry, itchy and scaly skin, the way in which it can make many feel less confident about their appearance presents a serious issue. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this skin condition, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways to treat the symptoms. Bringing sufferers relief and helping patients feel better about themselves so that they can face the world with a renewed self-assurance, is why we do what we do.
It is also very important that those who do grapple with the effects of eczema flareups take steps on their own to try and lessen the impact that this condition can have. Simply modifying your lifestyle so as to avoid those things that may potentially exacerbate your eczema can have a huge impact. Consulting with a dermatologist is a great first step in terms of evaluating the severity of your eczema and then discussing things that you need to be aware of as you seek relief from the discomfort that this skin condition can bring.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize –
Keeping your skin’s surface moist is so important for those prone to eczema flareups. There are gentle, fragrance-free lotions and topical creams that can really help.
Shorter, cooler showers –
Hot water can dry out skin, so taking cooler and shorter showers can help protect the skin from being further dried out.
Sometimes easier said than done, reducing stress levels can cut down on the frequency of flareups that you do experience. Your emotional health does impact your physical well-being and when it comes to eczema, stress has been known to significantly impact outbreaks.
The air inside your home can certainly take its toll on your skin. Especially in the winter months, when dry heat is being pumped into every room, this will further dry out your skin. You might think about integrating a humidification system into your house.
Loose Fitting Clothing –
Wearing clothes that are tight or constrictive isn’t necessarily the best idea for those suffering from eczema. Especially in hotter temperatures, you want fabrics that breathe and that help minimize sweating.
Stay Away from Harsh Soaps –
Anything heavily fragranced can trigger symptoms of eczema. You always want to stick with unscented detergents, lotions and cleansers.
Vacuum More –
Dust, mites and pet dander in the air, especially for those with more sensitive skin, can pose problems. Doing all that you can to reduce the amount of such pollutants in the environment will help.
Talking to your dermatology provider will enable you to gain a better perspective of your skin condition and what you need to do in order to effectively manage it. The doctor can also prescribe certain medical treatments which go a long way toward dealing with eczema. By assessing your individual condition and lifestyle, he/she will devise a treatment plan optimized for you. Learn more about the eczema treatments available at Schweiger Dermatology.