How To Treat Your Eczema
Eczema is a skin disorder that can leave your skin dry, itchy, red, and inflamed. If your eczema is not treated, it can become infected and worsen. Your eczema may become inflamed due to reasons such as dry air, a reaction to chemicals, as well as increased stress and sweat. If you have eczema, it should be treated. Read on for treatment options, and how you can help improve your eczema.
Switch To Hypoallergenic Products
Swap your normal beauty, laundry, and other products to hypoallergenic or products made for sensitive skin. Other products may be too harsh for your skin and can cause your eczema to flare up. You can usually find much of the same products you use in a hypoallergenic option.
Be sure to moisturize your skin to prevent it from drying out. You can look for lotions that are made for eczema, or you can look for thicker moisturizers that help hold in your body's moisture. If the moisturizer is too thin, it may not offer you much protection. For younger children and infants, use petroleum jelly to hold in moisture.
Skip Hot Showers/Baths
The hot water in your shower and bath may feel good, but it may be drying out your skin too much and causing your skin to become red and inflamed. Take warm baths/showers instead, and limit the amount of time spent in the tub to prevent drying your skin as well. When you are out of the tub, dry your skin thoroughly and gently with a soft towel. Being too rough with the towel may cause your eczema to flare up.
Staying hydrated will improve your eczema as well, as your skin will stay hydrated. Drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water per day. Water helps improve your over-all health and can keep your skin moist and supple. In addition to improving your eczema, you can also reduce acne and improve the tone and texture in your skin.
See The Dermatologist
If your eczema is worsening, you have open sores or blisters, or your eczema is causing you distress, visit your local dermatology service for treatment. Your dermatologist can prescribe a corticosteroid cream to improve your eczema and clear it up. If this doesn't work, or your eczema is severe, an antibiotic or oral steroid may be necessary to improve your condition.
If you suspect you have eczema, visit your dermatologist for a diagnosis and for treatment options.