I have gotten so many requests to write a book on how to safely and successfully treat skin eczema and I’m happy to announce that I just finished. Here is a excerpt from the book, this is chapter 8. Hopefully you will find this information valuable and informative. Look for more information on the book launch date.
When it comes to eczema treatment there are so many things that you can do to help your itchy, red and dry skin. If you are not sure about what to do, then follow my seven best tips on caring for your skin which will help in preventing eczema symptoms.
1) Do not overuse topical steroids
The most common medication used to treat eczema, especially in more severe cases, is a topical steroid cream. These are available in different strengths and formulas which can be purchased over the counter or prescribed by your doctor. Steroid creams should always be used sparingly and for a short period of time. The overuse of topical steroids can lead to a thinning effect on the skin, making it more fragile and prone to peeling and breaking. With steroid creams, it’s best to follow your doctor’s advice on which steroid cream to use and how long you should continue with its use.
2) Care for your skin when bathing
Here’s some advice to make your daily bath of great benefit and to help soothe the skin and replace lost moisture. Adding a bath oil to water that is not too hot will help lock in moisture to the skin. Never use bubble bath as this dries out the skin. Instead use a suitable bath oil which is preferably chemical and fragrance free. Some people recommend the use of Dead Sea Salts which contain minerals that help relieve irritation and itching. After your bath or shower, make sure that you pat the skin dry with a soft towel, leaving your skin slightly moist so that you can apply moisturizing cream.
3) Use a moisturizing cream on your skin every day
The regular use of a moisturizer, especially after bathing, can help lock in moisture and prevent dry skin. Use a cream or lotion that is easy to spread, especially if you are treating a baby or young child who does not lie or sit still for too long. Be careful to choose a cream which is free from potentially harmful ingredients such as harsh chemicals and fragrances.
4) Continue skin care even after your skin has healed
Even if you think your skin is looking better or is healed, it is important to carry on with treatment. Skin that is prone to eczema can easily get irritated again. So, always follow the recommended tips.
5) Avoid scratching the itchy area
Sometimes this is easier said than done, especially if you have a baby with eczema. It is essential that itchy skin is not scratched since scratching can break the skin and increase the risk of infection. By avoiding potential triggers and keeping skin moisturized, itching can be stopped or at least ameliorated. However, if you can’t resist scratching, make sure that your fingernails are kept short. Another tip to discourage your baby scratching is to put them in an all-in-one sleep suit with attached mittens.
6) Wear the right clothing
Since too much heat and sweat can make your skin more irritated and itchy, you should avoid wearing any tight-fitting clothing or clothing made from heavy material that doesn’t allow the skin to breath. Materials that can cause itchiness of the skin include nylon, polyester and wool. The safest material to use is 100% cotton, although some fabric mixes such as viyella, silk or soft acrylic seem to work well. If the fabric feels soft against your skin then it will probably not cause any problems, but if it is rough and scratchy then you really ought to avoid it. Also, watch out for zip fastenings, rough seams, elastic and labels which all might irritate the skin.
7) Be careful what laundry products you use
Now that you know the best types of clothing to wear, it is important to know the best laundry products to use. Avoid laundry products that contain fragrance because this may cause a reaction to the skin. Avoid using biological powders and liquids containing enzymes since enzymes can cause itchiness. Choose non-biological products, preferably in liquid form, since the powders contain bleach. Also, you should be aware that even environmentally friendly products may contain irritating enzymes or perfumes.
The best eczema treatment is caring for your skin. So, by following my seven tips, you can manage the symptoms of eczema and live an itch free life.