Eczema is a skin condition that affects most people at some time in their life.
While many people simply ‘grow out’ of eczema, it is a notoriously difficult condition to treat.
With symptoms ranging from dry, itchy skin to sore cracked skin, it can often leave people feeling self-conscious and unattractive.
One of the biggest problems with eczema is that due to itchiness being a symptom, people scratch at or pick at their sore skin, making it worse, itchier and harder to get rid of.
Some people, however, manage to break this vicious cycle, and find the condition clears up on its own.
Others who suffer from a more extreme form of eczema need to look at other, more medical based options for the management of their condition.
How to deal with the Symptoms of Eczema
Stop scratching your eczema. Although this may seem obvious, it is incredibly difficult to do and completely necessary for your eczema to be treated. Your fingernails carry thousands of germs and bacteria which will lead to your eczema worsening.
Simple things such as applying anti-itching cream, wearing softer clothes or wearing socks on your hands at night can contribute greatly to the healing of your eczema.
Some people find that when they cut their nails and can no longer scratch at the dry skin, the itchiness increases. But exercising self-control and not touching the eczema will allow it to heal. Don’t give in to the temptation to scratch.
Switching to a non-biological washing powder may be another option as your skin may be too sensitive for the enzymes used in biological washing powder.
Another way to deal with the symptoms of eczema is to invest in some eczema cream; there are plenty of these on the market, all offering soothing and moisturizing effects.
Although doctors often recommend E45 cream, this may not necessarily work for you (and may even exacerbate symptoms). But don’t be put off using creams all together. Simply try other products until you find something that works for you.
If you’re one of the many people whose symptoms are made worse by sweat, and suffer most in the summer months, then ensure you take showers regularly throughout the day.
Similarly, try wearing loose clothing to reduce the amount of sweat; using talcum powder may be another option.
If you have suffered from eczema, or continue to suffer the condition, don’t ignore it a moment longer, as new medical research has produced many more effective ways of treating it.