Eczema can be a devastating skin condition which becomes red, itchy, and inflamed – creating dry skin patches on a person’s body. Eczema, in most cases, is incurable and genetic. For the eczema sufferer, outbreaks can leave them feeling self-conscious and cause skin to become red, irritated, itchy, and to sometimes develop dry skin patches that ooze and bleed. While eczema cannot be cured, there are effective ways you may go about treating it.
Nutrition is so very important in reducing eczema flare-up. Studies have shown that a diet high in fish oil, DHA omega 3 fatty acids can significantly reduce eczema flare-up and other dry skin conditions. Get a healthier diet by replacing saturated fats with monounsaturated oils when cooking. Olive oil is said to reduce skin conditions when consu med more frequently. Eczema flare ups are most likely the result of nutritional deficiencies. Add more B3 and B12, zinc, and antioxidants – take nutritional supplements or vitamins to ensure you are getting the recommended value everyday.
Treat your skin with extra care. It is not surprise that the winter months especially bring on horrendous eczema flare ups. The winter months aggravate eczema when it strips the skin of it natural oils necessary for keeping the skin hydrated. Use mild, specialty soaps that are fragrance-free and that can ease dry skin. See a dermatologist or skin care specialist to review your skin care needs.
It is important to remember to clean the skin by taking lukewarm baths and showers in coconut, sesame oils, or oatmeal. Limit hot water bathing which can strip the oils out of the skin; moisturize after bathing with a quality lotion such as Aveeno, Cataphyll, Lubriderm, or Eucerin. It is also recommended to under base the lotion by smoothing on Vaseline. When washing, only use mild hypoallergenic soaps, and limit scented bath oils and scrubs.
Reduce household allergens. Most eczema sufferers have generally one thing in common: moderate to severe allergies, upper respiratory breathing problems, and chronic nasal inflammation. Why? Because most eczema sufferers have a weakened immune, causing them to not do well under unpleasant weather conditions, pollution, dust/mold, pollen and pet dander. Invest in a quality air purifier to remove the air you breathe in of some of those allergens. Clean with all natural or homemade household agents to reduce allergens to chemicals. Clean with a steam cleaner to remove mold and germs from floors.
Wash your clothing and linen in scent-free mild soaps. Pay attention to fabrics like denim or other skin irritating material that could aggravate your eczema.
Finally, take your eczema medication as prescribed by your doctor. This seems like a common sense rule, but in actuality, the medication may clear up the symptoms, and not effectively treat the root if you stop the medication. I’ve stopped taking medication prematurely and the eczema came back as soon as it left.