How to keep eczema under control is a perplexity that keeps many in wonder. Here are few things you can to to help fight eczema.
I need to say that if you have eczema, it would be a good idea to print out this article and highlight some things you would like to try, then run them by your family doctor or dermatologist first.
First take care when bathing. My grandmother used to use baby oil, but found that it actually caused her skin to be more dry and more irritated after awhile. So I would not use baby oil. I have a little eczema around my ankles and I like to bathe in almond oil. It’s not cheap, but it goes a long way. Jojoba oil is also good as it is more like the natural oils in our skin.
Fill up your bath tub and put about two tablespoons of almond or jojoba oil in the water. You only need enough water to barely cover your legs. If you use more water, you will have to use more oil. I found my oil on amazon.com and just typed in almond oil or jojoba oil depending on which one I wanted. If you’d rather, you can coat your areas with the oils before getting into the bath. This will help them soak in better.
Use lukewarm water for eczema instead of hot. Don’t stay in the tub for more than 10 to 20 minutes. Taking too long of baths can make your eczema worse.
Do not use anything that will irritate your eczema flare ups more, such as harsh soaps, loofah sponges, shower puffs or anything abrasive unless your doctor says you can.
With eczema, make sure you buy gentle soap. Check the label for hypoallergenic, perfume and dye free. When applying the soap use your hands and fingertips to avoid irritation. You might feel a tendency to scratch, but don’t do it!
If your eczema is wide-spread also would recommend taking an oatmeal bath at least once per week. You can buy special oatmeal mixtures at your drug store that are specifically made for bathing or you can order online. I have done this with tremendous results with flare ups being gone the next day. It might not work the same for you, but it is worth a try. Always ask your doctor first before using any advice from an individual.
When you are finished bathing, you can use more of the oil or oils that I mentioned above. It is best to air dry. If you cannot air dry then just use a towel to pat your skin dry and do not rub.
I have been able to keep my eczema under control by using these techniques.
Now when you have eczema, you should take your vitamins, I take vitamins and other supplements that are good for my skin. First and foremost, I take a multi-vitamin. Vitamin E is good and so are your Omega 3 supplements. You should ask a health professional first to make sure it’s okay to take with any other medications you are on. They will also be able to give you a proper dosage. I like to go to natural doctors. But if you want to go to your family doctor, they should have some knowledge of the supplements I mentioned. I have also read that it is good to drink tomato juice. I’m talking about real tomato juice and not V-8 that is high in sodium.
Here is a good website for more in home remedies: http://www.depression-guide.com/how-to/get-rid-of-eczema.html
As far as vitamins and eczema go, many druggists and doctors will tell you that any will do. I have found that paying a little more money and getting the better brands work much better. They have also done tests on cheap or generic vitamins and have found other substances such as tar, that should not be in there. I like to use Nature’s Sunshine, Now brand, or Olympian brands. Many of your health-food stores will carry at least one, if not all of these brands. If they do not have them, I’m sure they will tell you which brands are best.
I hate telling people to spend more money, but as far as health goes, when you get older, if you don’t take care of it now, the more the expenses will come later in life.
It is also very important to watch your diet. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Organic is best, but if you cannot buy organic, at least make sure you wash them in a mild vegetable detergent with a brush. You can find all of these things online as well. Just look for the best deal. I find most of my deals on amazon and eBay. If you are shopping eBay, make sure the seller has a lot of feedback and good feedback. Some ebay sellers even specialize in health products, so you can find the good brands that I mentioned on there as well.
I joined the company of Nature’s Sunshine so I could get member cost. That is my favorite store and I save a little bit of money that way.
You will be surprised at how much eating better and taking supplements that are good for your skin will make a difference when you have eczema.
If you need instant relief, a good suggestion is hydrocortisone cream after asking a professional if it is okay. Ask your doctor first, but you can also take benadryl at night to help with flare ups. Lack of sleep is not good for eczema patients and benadryl will help you fall asleep in most cases. If it keeps you awake, by some chance then you should ask your doctor what an alternative might be.
The best advice that I can give aside from all this is to make sure you are seeing a doctor for treatment. Every individual is different and there are no claims I can make that I can say will be better than a professionals advice. Your family doctor may refer you to a Dermatologist.