Keeping Eczema Flare Ups In Check
Whether you’re someone who has eczema all year ‘round or you’re someone who experiences occasional flare-ups, you know how painful, itchy and just outright irritating the skin condition can be. Perhaps you’ve tried various suggestions from friends, family, and the like, but none of them seemed to make much of a difference. The reason for this could be due to the fact that it’s not the same rash every time. Yes, it’s always eczema, but dermatologists believe that there are hundreds (perhaps even thousands) of different variations of the annoying rash. While there is no definitive cure for eczema, there are quite a few different ways to manage, prevent, and soothe it.
Identify Your Triggers
Just like there are hundreds of strands of eczema, there is also a long list of all the types of irritants that can trigger a flare up. Go through the list below of common eczema triggers, and if you find that any of them apply to you, you can either get rid of the trigger completely or keep a journal and record when you use the product and when you have eczema flare-ups. If you start to notice that something specific causes a skin upset, then get rid of it! While this isn’t a complete list, the following are common eczema triggers:
-scented body/hand lotion
-grass and indoor/outdoor plants
Monitor Your Thermostat
As with most skin conditions, extreme temperature changes and humidity levels can take a toll on your eczema flare-ups. Of course, you can’t control the weather outdoors, but you can control the environmental conditions inside your home. During the warmer seasons, be sure to set the air conditioner to a cool but comfortable temperature. During the chillier months, don’t worry too much about cranking the heat up, but focus more on keeping the air moist with a cool mist humidifier.
As annoying as it is to have an itch you can’t scratch, you should do everything you can to stop yourself from scratching the rash. Not only will it worsen the appearance, but scratching eczema will only make it itchier; we know how crazy it sounds, but it’s just part of the nature of the rash. Sometimes willpower isn’t enough to keep your fingers from scratching, so here are a few other methods to relieving the itch:
-apply a cold compress
-moisturize thoroughly and frequently
-apply a medicated anti-itch topical
-soak in the tub for 15-20 minutes
-when taking a tub, some find it beneficial to add baking soda, oatmeal, and/or essential oils into the bath water; a few eczema calming essential oils to consider are tea tree oil, lavender oil, frankincense oil, or Melrose oil
Live In Your Comfiest Clothes
Yes, this is your excuse to wear loose fitting clothes whenever possible. Since fitted clothing is closer to the skin, it is more likely that it will meet the skin, which can encourage – or worsen – a flare up. The material your clothes are made from makes a difference, too. Stay on the safe side and try to stick to clothing made from cotton and cotton blends.