Eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis) can be painful,
irritating and downright stubborn. You may feel like you’ve tried everything
and still have that irritating rash or annoying itch. But even the most
stubborn eczema can be tamed with the right treatment and a few tips to soothe
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Everyone with moderate to severe eczema has
their own set of triggers, but some of the most common culprits include
perfumes and soaps that can be drying, as well as scratchy clothing and
bedding. Certain allergens, such as dust mites or animal dander, can also cause
a rash or make it worse. Keep a log of what seems to irritate your skin so you
can try different products. Choose a moisturizer and sunscreen for sensitive
skin, and experiment with different soaps and clothing fabrics to find the ones
that won’t irritate your skin.
can be hard not to scratch when your skin is itchy, but when you have eczema,
scratching can make matters worse. It could cause bleeding, which can lead to
infection or scars, and it can also create leathery patches of skin. When you
get the itch, try rubbing your skin with your fingers instead. Be sure to keep
your nails trimmed and filed if you are tempted to scratch. You may also want
to try covering the affected area with a protective dressing to avoid
people with severe eczema find a skin cream helps lock in moisture. But if
you’ve been using the same product for some time, it may start to irritate your
skin, and sometimes can become less effective. If you find this happening with
your everyday cream or moisturizer, talk to your doctor about alternative
products you can try for eczema relief. Sometimes a mix of products is the best
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people may find alternative and herbal remedies helpful in treating their
eczema, but the jury is still out on whether these remedies are effective. If
you're thinking about using a complementary therapy, talk to your doctor about
whether or not it’s safe to use. Be sure to continue your other eczema treatments
as prescribed by your doctor.
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When you have difficult-to-treat eczema,
moisture is your friend. Water that’s too hot can dry out the skin and make your
symptoms worse. Be sure to take showers or baths in warm (not hot) water. Pat
skin dry with a soft towel and use a moisturizer recommended by your doctor
while your skin is still damp.
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sunlight can be helpful for eczema, but too much sun (as well as sweating) can
irritate the skin and make your already severe eczema worse.
Bedtime can be stressful for many people with stubborn eczema. When the body and mind slow down, you may be more aware of the itch than ever. Try a relaxing activity before bed, like reading or listening to your favorite music, to help you forget about scratching. You may also want to create a little “spa time” with a relaxing, warm (not hot) bath and a soothing skin treatment or moisturizer to help you ease into a good night’s sleep.
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