How to Prevent Eczema Flare-ups
Eczema is the common name for atopic dermatitis, a non-contagious skin condition that affects infants, children, and adults alike. In eczema, skin cannot hold onto moisture and can become dry and tight. Symptoms include skin itching, swelling, and irritation. And if you can't keep from scratching, itchy skin can be damaged and become vulnerable to infection.
Though there is no cure for eczema, you can help manage it through a daily skin care routine that focuses on gentle cleansing and replenishing moisture.
Eczema Flare-Up Prevention Tips:
Select skin-friendly products. Always choose simple, fragrance-free products that will not contribute to further irritation. Opt for cream-based moisturizers that support and protect the skin's delicate moisture barrier.
Control your environment. Sleeping can be problematic, as skin may get hotter and itchier at night. Keep your bedroom cool by using cotton sheets and lightweight bedding. A humidifier helps prevent drying and can be used when there is less moisture in the air, especially in the winter.
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Moisturize. Apply a fragrance-free moisturizer immediately after your bath, before your skin is completely dry.
Avoid itching and scratching. One of the biggest problems associated with eczema is itching and scratching. Keeping the skin moisturized and simple things like trimming fingernails can go a long way in helping to reduce the urge to itch.
If itching still occurs, try using an anti-itch cream with moisturizing benefits like POLYSPORIN® ECZEMA ESSENTIALS® 1% Hydrocortisone Anti-Itch Cream.