Eczema is an umbrella term that refers to various conditions that lead to inflammation of the skin. Eczema is usually a chronic condition marked by flare-ups and remission periods. In a majority of cases, eczema results in patches of red, dry, and itchy skin. Sometimes, even with fissures and blisters. Eczema most typically targets the hands, scalp, and face. However, it can also affect all parts of the body. Many eczema patients also suffer from allergic rhinitis (hay fever) or asthma. Researchers found a strong link between eczema and allergies—especially with regards to atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is the most prevalent form of eczema. Luckily, various treatments are available for atopic eczema relief.
Atopic Eczema Relief
In addition to standard medical therapies, there are also simple at-home strategies you can try to improve your symptoms. Just switching to a hypoallergenic laundry detergent or relocating to a location where the climate is not a trigger for symptoms can be effective.
In short, eliminating any allergens or irritants that trigger eczema flares is easily the most effective form of treatment in the long-run.
Another good tip is to only take warm showers and baths for limited durations to prevent dryness. Additionally, avoiding harsh soaps is also a golden rule in easing symptoms and preventing flare-ups.
Always dry yourself up gently with a soft towel and make it a habit to moisturize your entire body after showering or bathing. Always opt for fragrance-free and natural lotions and moisturizers that are free of harsh chemicals. Also, choose loose-fitting clothes made of light fabrics; avoid rough fibres such as wool.
Another crucial rule in managing eczema is to resist the urge to scratch your rashes. Scratching often worsens symptoms; it can also damage the skin and even lead to infections.
Activities that induce sweating can also exacerbate eczema rashes, so it is best to avoid high-impact exercises while having an outbreak.
In cases where allergy triggers cannot be pinpointed, using over-the-counter steroid and anti-itching creams can help with the irritation. Allergy medications such as Benadryl can also relieve itching. However, they often also cause drowsiness, so they are better for nighttime use.
Finally, keep your stress levels low, adopt a healthy, balanced diet, be physically active, and get enough rest to naturally keep flare-ups at bay. Since eczema is incurable, the best way to control it is by adopting essential self-care strategies.
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