Itchy skin that is red and inflamed, the most prevalent symptom of eczema, can make your life miserable. You don’t have to put up with it, though. Here we will go over ways to alleviate your discomfort. Try some or all of the following ideas if you experience any symptoms.
First use creams to help moisturize your skin. Creams you get at your local store will usually do the trick, but just keep in mind to purchase creams and not lotion-based products. Creams are more effective. Choose lotions that don’t have alcohol and are fragrance-free. Applying a lotion based moisturizer twice a day may be all you need.
If that doesn’t work, consider the clothing you’re wearing. Hard to imagine, but your clothing can have a dramatic effect on exacerbating eczema. Most people who have allergic reactions on their skin have a hard time wearing wool. Depending on the type of wool and the person wearing it, wool can be unbearable. Try to stick with loose-fitting cotton clothing to have the least discomfort. Rinse your clothes well after washing and in between wearing. Rinsing will remove the soap residue, a major cause of skin irritation.
Any rash will worsen with scratching, so the problem becomes; how to keep from scratching. finger nails, and more specifically dirt under the finger nails, can cause serious infection. To avoid scratching, even while you’re asleep, trim and file your nails and keep them clean. Use cold pressed and creams to reduce that itchy feeling.
Sweat and heat will make eczema worse. Keep your activity level high, but just keep in mind to blot any excess sweat away from your skin. Also shower soon after activities. This will keep flare-ups to a minimum.
Stress is known to cause eczema flare-ups. Some stress is good and can be a cause to take positive action in your life. How you deal with stress is what makes the difference between healthy and unhealthy stress. Taking action when stress occurs is uses stress to your benefit. Action can be in the form of meditation, or getting a second job (for example). Sitting at home and worrying is the kind of response that is unhealthy and leads to eczema flare-ups.
Stress can come in silent and invisible forms, as well. Consider the person who has a good income and stable environment, but is bored and finds no purpose in their life. Going through every day and not making a change, for better or worse, will cause the type of deadly stress that goes unnoticed. Stress is a much larger topic than just eczema, so for our purpose here remember to deal with stress by taking action to help alleviate eczema symptoms.
Upon completing this article, you should be much better informed about the causes and treatments of eczema. It can be quite an unpleasant condition, but effective treatments are available. Remember the information given to you, and confer with your doctor regarding your condition.