Summer time is almost here. The battle to beat eczema is now a top priority. Aside from drinking lots of water, not showering with hot water, applying layers upon layers of moisturizers, avoiding contact with environmental factors to eliminate aggravating the skin ( i.e. plants and type of fabric) and distressing, there are other ways that are very effective in maintaining healthy skin and prevention of cracking.
The following tips are what I use in treating my child’s eczema. Eczema, like most allergic reactions and conditions are treatable. And like most allergic reactions, can be prevented. Unfortunately, just like most allergies, an outbreak can be caused by stress and anxiety.
Here are a few things that I do to help my child:
When the skin becomes itchy. Apply a generous amount of moisturizing lotion or body butter. Dry skin can sometimes be itchy but does necessarily mean you need to apply hydrocortizone immediately. As much as I can, I treat the skin with natural remedies and or non-medicated (or slightly medicated) topical products. A small amount of olive oil cay be used as well especially after showering. Do so when there are still a little bit of water left on your skin. Pat dry and apply lotion.
Aquaphor is your best friend. Aquaphor is a product line by Eucerin. Apply Aquaphor on the “spots” or dry patches. In my child’s case, it is by the creases. Always check the creases. Very severe dry skin may crack. When this happen, apply a generous amount. If cracked area of the skin is bleeding, consult your doctor immediately. Infections may occur and in severe but rare cases, the infection can go into your bloodstream. More than likely, you will be given a prescription for a topical ointment with a higher steroid content. It would range from .25% to 1.0% depending on severity of the eczema. Only use this once a day when you are indeed prescribed with a high steroid content. Do not be tempted to over apply and r use more than directed. To make sure the topical ointment stays put and the skin gets moisturized while it heals, apply the Aquaphor on top of the prescription ointment.
Shower or Bath. It is not advisable for anyone suffering from eczema to shower or bathe everyday. Exposure to excessive water can actually make the skin drier. Shower every other day. If it indeed a need to shower, do a sponge bath and moisturize. Any moisturizing lotion will work. As for shampoo and conditioners, check the labels and if you could, by organic with no alcohol content. I suggest that you purchase Know Products. Shampoo, conditioner and body wash is for $18 each. Oatmeal. It has been proven that those who are exposed to oatmeal, especially those who work in the mill, have very nice smooth and soft skin until old age. Using products with oatmeal helps even when you do not use it all the time.