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Preventing Eczema Flares
 
 

Preventing Eczema Flares

Eczema is a chronic disease and one that we have no way to cure or prevent. It has a large genetic component, making it extremely challenging to figure out.

We are now far better, however, at preventing triggers which worsen the condition, called flare-ups. Although there is no cure to eczema, we are better at understanding and controlling flares, making the life of the eczema patient easier.

Common Triggers

  • Scratching-this is the most common cause of worsening eczema. Itching needs to be controlled immediately to stop the itch/scratch cycle.
  • Bathing, especially if the water is hot-bathing is not a bad thing, but the water should be tepid, not hot. Hot water drains the skin of moisture at a rapid rate.
  • Irritants like soap or detergents can irritate vulnerable and dry skin. This is especially problematic if repeated exposure is a part of a person's lifestyle.
  • Allergies, especially food allergies are common additional obstacles for patients with eczema.
  • During the summer months, sweat can act as a common irritant causing itchiness and dry skin.
  • During the winter, dry air and colder temperatures drain the skin of moisture, greatly exacerbating the symptoms of eczema.

Ways to combat eczema symptoms

  • Moisturize regularly and often
  • Use a mild cleanser that is unlikely to trigger irritation
  • Avoid hot showers or baths as they dry out the skin
  • Identify and avoid any allergies as they often work side by side with eczema and worsen it
  • Moisturize immediately after a bath for the best protection
  • Avoid over washing-when constantly exposed, water becomes an irritant
  • Tackle flares quickly and aggressively with antihistamines or corticosteroids to minimize itching

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