Eczema is a condition of the skin that presents itself with dryness, itching, flaking areas, and areas of redness, blistering of the skin, and occasionally bleeding. Generally the majority of people that have the condition known as Eczema complain of the itching and the reddened areas of dry skin. The condition can occur on any portion of your body including your face and your hands. When it does happen to present itself on your face or hands it can be impossible to hide and this often causes a lot of people anxiety about their general appearance.
There are a lot of different treatments for the condition of Eczema and most people just have to discover through trial and error which of these treatments effectively helps them get over the condition or prevents the condition from occurring again.
One thing you should do if you suffer from Eczema is to reduce the amount of soaps and detergents your skin comes in contact with. These soaps and detergents all contain harmful chemicals that can be very harsh on skin. As often as you can cleanse your skin with pure water and do not use soaps and detergents unless you absolutely have to.
You need to use a good skin moisturizer if you suffer from Eczema. Dry skin is one factor that increases the discomfort and the appearance of the condition. When you use soaps to cleanse your skin use gentle soaps or body washes that contain moisturizers. You also want to apply moisturizers to your skin so that you prevent dry skin from happening. Immediately after you have bathed you should apply emollient creams that will help to lock the moisture into your skin.
Antihistamines for the Itching
When your skin is itching because of Eczema the best thing you can do is take antihistamines to stop the itch. Anti inflammation creams and ointments can also help to stop the itch of this skin condition. Try not to scratch or rub at your skin as these actions serve to make the matter worse not better.
If you have severe itching associated with your eczema you can talk to your doctor about hydrocortisone creams that can help to alleviate the itch. Your doctor will prescribe the correct dosage of these creams for your condition. If the cream you have is not working tell the doctor so they can give you a stronger dose.
Precautions when bathing
Bathing your skin in water is necessary to provide hydration for your skin but there are a few things you should remember about bathing.
- Tub baths are better than long showers
- The water temperature should be lukewarm not too hot and not too cold
- Use the mildest soaps possible when you have to apply soap
- Do not use heavily perfumed products
- Do not take bubble baths
- Add bath oils that have emollients in them to your water
- After your bath pat your skin with a towel never rub the towel over your skin