How to manage eczema and get relief
1 Apply moisturiser at least twice a day, especially within 3 minutes of a shower, bath, or hand-washing. Moisturizing is important as it not only helps relieve dry skin, but also protects the skin’s top layer against the elements.
2 Limit your time in the shower and bath, and only use lukewarm water, as hot water will dry out your skin.
3 Avoid harsh soaps and moisturisers with dyes and fragrances (both natural and artificial). Use gentle, unscented detergents when washing clothes.
4 Wear soft, loose fabrics like cotton and bamboo, and avoid tight fitting clothing, as it is less breathable and the friction can irritate your skin.
5 When exercising, blot away sweat with a clean towel, and go for low-impact workouts during eczema flare-ups.
6 Drink plenty of water. This is important for a variety of reasons, one of which is to help your liver flush out toxins, and keep your skin moisturised and healthy.
7 Taking probiotics may help reduce incidence of atopic dermatitis.
8 Stop smoking. Cigarettes and tobacco products can exacerbate eczema breakouts.
9 Treating stress and anxiety.
With the modern lifestyle, it is easy to suffer from chronic stress, which wreaks havoc on our immune system, causing inflammatory reactions in the skin.
There are many options to explore to manage stress and anxiety. This can include (but is not limited to) getting a full night’s sleep, doing meditation and practicing mindfulness, enrolling in a yoga class, or listening to soothing music and nature sounds.
10 Usage of Corticosteroid creams.
Mild corticosteroid creams are available to be purchased over the counter.
However, please consult your physician regarding the application of corticosteroid creams, as side effects may occur with long term or inappropriate usage of these creams. Careful monitoring between you and your physician is necessary to ensure your skin’s health.For severe cases of dermatitis, please consult a physician or dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment.