Eczema Prevention Guide: What to Know?

Learn here how you can control your eczema and delay the flare ups.

Eczema Prevention Guide: What to Know?

 

Did you know? Nearly 35 million Americans have eczema, accounting the 10% of the total population.

Eczema is a chronic skin condition characterized by extremely dry skin coming with the signs like redness, intense itching, cracking and oozing. Although exact causes of eczema are unknown, it is largely associated with the immune system’s overreaction to the irritants.

Besides taking eczema medication, it is important to follow the precautions to take care of your skin affected by eczema.

Moisturize Your Skin:

To prevent acne breakouts, it is essential to keep your skin moisturized. Apply a moisturizer within 3 minutes after taking a bath to lock in the moisture. You should even apply it whenever your hands are wet. You can keep the moisturizer in the freeze as it feels wonderful when applied cold.

(Learn here how to choose the right moisturizer for eczema)

Use Unscented Soaps and Bath Products:

Stay away from the heavily perfumed soaps as they may contain alcohol which can aggravate your skin condition. Antibacterial soaps or cleansers are not good to your eczema affected skin. Don’t use scrubber on your skin and gently pat after wetting it.  Use a simple soap or the one which is especially made for eczema.

Stay Away from the Eczema Triggers:

Eczema can be triggered by certain foods, pet dander, pollen, molds, dust and mites. Avoid your triggers as possible. It will delay your next outbreak.

Choose Your Laundry Care Products Safely:

Detergents and fabric softeners can aggravate eczema as they come into contact with the skin as they left on the fabrics after washing. Choose the laundry products that are free from hypoallergenic, dyes and perfumes and made for the sensitive skin. You can try liquid products as they are likely to leave fewer residues than powders. Use the recommended amount of detergent given on the label. Give your clothes extra rinse as sometime buildup doesn’t go away with one wash.  

(Read Here to Get More Info on Laundry Care for Eczema)

Stop Scratching:

Eczema causes intense itching. But that doesn’t mean scratching will give you relief. Ironically, it can aggravate your skin condition and can injure the lesions or rashes. Nails also carry debris which can be transferred to the affected skin. So, you should avoid scratching your skin as possible. Keep your nail short and wear gloves if it is almost impossible to resist the urge to scratch yourself. Try cold compress to soothe your itching. Some ointments can give you relief.

 

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