Hope you all heard of eczema, this is a general term for rash-like skin conditions. It is often very itchy and when you scratch it, the skin becomes red and inflamed.
It occurs in adults and children, but usually appears during infancy. Although there is no known cause for the disease, it often affects people with a family history of allergies.
Many people who have eczema also suffer from allergic rhinitis and asthma, or have family members who do. Studies reveal that eczema is not contagious meaning it will not catch you just by touching a person with it. The exact cause is unknown, it cannot be cured, but it can be managed, and you can learn to avoid the things that trigger it.
Some of them are mentioned below:
- Be away from things which you feel you are allergic or sensitive to like soaps, detergents etc.
- Don’t wet your hands often, wear gloves if you have to work in water for quite sometime. Wear gloves when ever needed as in winter to avoid dryness
- If you are sensitive to woolen clothes then prefer wearing cotton instead
- Bathe only with a mild soap, such as Dove, Basis or Oil of Olay.
- While bathing use less quantity of soap to avoid dryness.
- Mostly the bathing water should be cool or warm, not hot.
- Soaking in the tub for a short time can be good for your skin because the skin’s outer layer can absorb water and become less dry.
- Immediately after patting dry, apply a moisturizer to your skin. This helps seal in the moisture.
- On account of severe eczema the doctor may prescribe certain medicine which should be taken regularly.
- Moisturizers help keep your skin soft and flexible. Use a moisturizer on your skin every day.
- Don’t go by gimmicks prefer a plain moisturizer. Avoid moisturizers with fragrances (perfume) and a lot of extra ingredients.
- Regular use of a moisturizer can help prevent the dry skin that is common in winter.
- Don’t dare to scratch or rub the itchy area as this may enhance your problem more.
- Too much heat and sweat can make your skin more irritated and itchy. Try to avoid activities that make you hot and sweaty.
- Don’t stress yourself; learn how to manage stress in your life.
- Continue skin care even after your skin has healed as chances of eczema recurrence at the same effected area are very high.
Now that you know the better ways to prevent and get rid eczema, you should be very careful. Remember eczema can be managed but cannot be cured.