If you have eczema, you know how uncomfortable it can be. The itchiness, the redness, and the dry, scaly patches of skin are enough to make anyone want to scratch their skin raw. And while scratching may provide temporary relief, it can also make your eczema worse.
But there is good news. There are a number of things you can do to ease your eczema and get relief from the itchiness and irritation. Dr. Fiona Wright and her team at Skin MD and Beyond of Plano, TX, can help with the following recommendations and tips for skin care in patients with eczema:
- Use a mild soap or cleanser when you bathe or shower. Avoid using hot water, which can further dry out your skin. And be sure to gently pat your skin dry after bathing – don’t rub.
- Use a moisturizer regularly, especially after bathing or showering. This will help keep your skin hydrated and prevent the dryness that can trigger eczema flare-ups.
- Avoid scratching. This can damage your skin and make your eczema worse. If you can’t resist the urge to scratch, try wearing gloves or wrapping your hands in a soft cloth.
- Apply a corticosteroid cream or ointment to help reduce inflammation and itching. Be sure to use them as directed by your doctor or allergies specialist.
- Take an antihistamine to help relieve itching. Be sure to check with your doctor first, as some antihistamines can cause drowsiness.
- Keep your nails short and clean to avoid damaging your skin when you scratch.
- Avoid triggers that can make your eczema worse. Common triggers include stress, dry air, certain fabrics (wool, for example), dust, and pollen. If you’re not sure what your triggers are, keep a journal of your daily activities and any flare-ups that occur. This can help you identify patterns and figure out what to avoid.
With these tips, you can get relief from your eczema and help prevent future flare-ups. Talk to our Skin MD and Beyond team if you have any questions or concerns about managing your eczema. Dr. Fiona Wright and her staff in Plano, TX, can be reached by calling 972-608-0808 for an appointment.