Six tips to help reduce eczema symptoms

Six tips to help reduce eczema symptoms

Living with eczema can be challenging, as the itchy and inflamed skin can disrupt your daily life. While there is no cure for eczema, there are several measures you can take to manage and reduce its symptoms. "Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis (AD), can cause uncomfortable flare-ups, skin rashes, redness, and irritation," says Heather C. Lenz, PA-C, Dermatology at ARC Center Street and ARC Southwest. "However, with the right approach, you can find relief."

Here are six helpful tips that can provide relief and improve your overall well-being:

1. Moisturize your skin

One of the most important steps in managing eczema is to keep your skin well-hydrated. Moisturizers create a barrier that helps prevent water loss and keeps your skin moisturized. Apply moisturizer immediately after bathing or showering to lock in moisture.

2. Track and avoid your triggers

Eczema triggers can vary from person to person. It's crucial to identify and avoid the triggers that worsen your symptoms. Common triggers include certain fabrics, dust mites, pet dander, pollen, and certain foods. Keep a journal to track your flare-ups and identify potential triggers. Once you know your triggers, take steps to minimize your exposure to them.

3. Avoid fragrant skin care products

Fragrances are a common irritant for people with eczema. Choose fragrance-free skin care products if possible, including soaps, lotions, and detergents. Fragrance-free products are generally milder and less likely to cause irritation or trigger flare-ups. Be sure to read labels carefully and choose products specifically formulated for sensitive skin.

4. Test your skin care products before using them

Before incorporating new skin care products into your routine, it's important to test them on a small patch of skin first. Apply a small amount of the product to an unaffected area and wait for 24 to 48 hours. If there is no adverse reaction, such as redness or itching, it is generally safe to use the product on your eczema-prone skin.

5. Take short warm showers

While a long, hot shower may sound tempting, it can actually worsen eczema symptoms by stripping away natural oils and drying out the skin. Take short, lukewarm showers instead. Limit your time in the shower to around 10 minutes, and avoid using harsh soaps or body washes. Pat your skin dry gently with a soft towel, leaving some moisture on your skin, and immediately apply moisturizer.

6. Use gentle laundry detergent

The detergent you use to wash your clothes can significantly impact your eczema. Choose a gentle, fragrance-free detergent that is specifically formulated for sensitive skin. Avoid fabric softeners and dryer sheets, as they often contain chemicals and fragrances that can irritate your skin.

"Living with eczema can be challenging, but by implementing these six helpful tips, you can effectively manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life," says Heather. "And if your symptoms persist, don't hesitate to seek professional help from a dermatologist. With proper care and management, you can minimize the impact of eczema on your daily life and achieve healthier, happier skin."

When to see a dermatologist

While these tips can help manage mild to moderate eczema symptoms, it's important to consult a dermatologist if your symptoms persist or worsen. A dermatologist can provide a proper diagnosis, prescribe medication if necessary, and offer personalized advice on managing your specific condition. They can also help you develop a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your needs. To learn more about ARC Dermatology or to make an appointment, visit our website today.

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Tags: Eczema, Skin Care