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. Eczema is common in children and adults alike.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for eczema, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to treat the symptoms. Bringing patients relief and helping them feel better about themselves so they can face the world with renewed self-assurance is why we do what we do.
It is also vital that those who do grapple with the effects of eczema flareups take steps on their own to try and lessen the impact of this condition.
Simply modifying your lifestyle to avoid those things that may potentially exacerbate your eczema can have a considerable impact on your symptoms.
Consulting with a dermatologist is a great first step to understanding the severity of your eczema. Here is a list of 7 home remedies that can bring you relief.
1. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
One of the most common reasons you get an eczema flare is due to dry skin. Keeping your skin’s surface moisturized is essential for those prone to eczema flareups.
Over-the-counter (OTC) gentle, fragrance-free lotions and topical creams can really help keep your skin healthy and free from eczema flareups.
2. Shorter, Cooler Showers
Hot water can dry out your skin, so taking cooler and shorter showers can help protect your skin from being further dried out.
Reducing stress levels can cut down on the frequency of your flareups. Your emotional health can directly impact your physical well-being. And when it comes to eczema, stress has been known to affect outbreaks.
The air inside your home can take its toll on your skin. This is especially true in winter when dry heat is pumped into every room. This can further dry out your skin.
You may want to consider integrating a humidification system into your house. You can install a whole-home humidifying system. Or you use a portable humidifier in the rooms you spend the most time in, such as the living room or bedroom.
5. Wear Loose Fitting Clothing
Wearing tight or constrictive clothing isn’t necessarily the best idea for those suffering from eczema. Especially in hotter temperatures, you want fabrics that breathe and help minimize sweating.
6. Stay Away from Harsh Soaps
Anything with a heavy fragrance can trigger symptoms of eczema. You should always stick with unscented detergents, lotions, and cleansers.
7. Vacuum More
Dust, mites, and pet dander in the air can pose problems, especially for those with more sensitive skin. Doing all you can to reduce the number of such pollutants in the environment will help keep things under control significantly.
Are you having trouble managing your eczema?
Talk to one of our experienced dermatology providers to better understand your eczema and what you need to do to manage it effectively. After assessing your specific condition and lifestyle, the doctor can also advise you on a medical treatment plan optimized for you.
For appointments, call Schweiger Dermatology Group at (844) DERM-DOC.
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