13 Oct, 2014
Coping with Eczema – How to Limit or Prevent Flare-Ups
By Soap Blogger
Anyone with eczema will know all too well that what’s often considered a minor skin complaint can actually be quite debilitating. The condition of course varies in severity from case to case, but for the vast majority of those affected manifests in quite intolerably itchy, inflamed and often extremely sore patches of skin.
Eczema is also one of those unfortunate conditions for which there’s still no specific cure or universal trigger – again, all cases differ greatly. However, there are several simple steps any eczema sufferer can take to at least reduce the frequency of their breakouts, not to mention tone down the severity of the condition when and where it manifests.
1 – Eczema Triggers
For example, eczema triggers may differ from person to person but there are certain common triggers that affect larger proportions of eczema sufferers. From dust mites to artificially scented soaps and right through to common household detergents, a variety of everyday items are prime candidates for making eczema worse. As such, the key to coping with eczema can often be found in identifying personal eczema triggers and then doing all that’s possible to stay away from them.
2 – Plentiful Moisture
Another effective method for gaining control over eczema breakouts is simple moisturising – and plenty of it. It’s not enough to wait for your skin to dry out and then attack it with moisturising creams – the damage will already be done and a flair-up is much more likely. So instead, it’s better to get into the habit of using quality and ideally all-natural moisturisers on a regular basis to prevent skin drying out in the first place.
3 – Avoid Excessive Temperatures
Just as extreme cold can wreak havoc with eczema, so too can overly hot conditions. The reason being that extreme temperatures are not good for the skin in general and can weaken its defences, which will in turn increase the likelihood of an eczema flair-up occurring. Try to avoid allowing the skin to get overly hot in the summer and be sure to wrap up well in the winter.
4 – Use Rubber Gloves
If the eczema you suffer from tends to manifest around the fingers or hands in general, it is imperative that rubber gloves be used when going about any household cleaning or domestic duties. The reason being that not only are most detergents anything but kind to problem skin, the same can also be said for prolonged exposure to water. And when your hands do become wet, make sure they’re dried fully and quickly afterwards.
5 – Resist the Urge
And finally, it’s of course the most obvious advice of all and yet also the most difficult tip to follow – scratching eczema will only ever make it worse. Not only does scratching the affected area damage the skin further, but it also physically covers the area in all manner of bacteria, germs, grease and grime that may be present on the fingers at the time. So while it may demand willpower of the highest calibre, it’s imperative to resist the urge to scratch eczema.