Extreme heat and extreme cold (especially when the air is dry) make life more difficult for eczema sufferers. This skin condition is aggravated by dryness, and moisturizing the skin is the key to keeping your skin soft and flexible.
- Use a moisturizer on your skin every day – preferably a natural one with no artificial ingredients or fragrances and it should be greasy rather than creamy. Moisturize straight after showering or bathing while the skin is still damp (within 3 minutes to “lock in' moisture) and add more during the day especially if you are working or living in an air conditioned or heated workplace or home.
- A daily bath helps to moisturize the skin, using aqueous cream rather than ordinary soap. The water temperature should not be too hot but rather cool to warm. Soak for 15 to 20 minutes so that the skin's outer layer can absorb moisture. Avoid any excessive scrubbing or rubbing and lightly pat dry until just damp.
- Scratching can be a huge problem with both adults and children. Keep busy with activities that involve the hands when itching starts; cut all nails very short; and even cover the hands in mittens. Unfortunately, scratching the eczema damages the skin, worsens the inflammation and leads to even more intense itching. Scratching can even lead to infections and/or permanent scarring. Eczema rashes can sometimes completely disappear without treatment if scratching is totally avoided.
- Some people with allergies find it helps to remove carpets and to give any pets in the home dander treatments.
- Histamine is responsible for many of the symptoms of eczema but particularly the itching. Taking antihistamine just before bedtime helps to ensure a good night's sleep without scratching.
- Taking capsules of Evening Primrose Oil will replace gamma linolenic acid which is thought to be lacking in some who have eczema.
- Diet can play a role in eczema outbreaks. Try to identify food allergies and eliminate those offending foods from your diet. Eggs, milk, cheese, chocolate, peanuts, soy, potatoes, and the glutens in wheat are common allergenic foods but it will take four to six weeks for the results of any allergen-free diet to be noticeable so patience is required. The food additive tartrazine can contribute to eczema. Eat fatty fish like salmon, herring and mackerel at least twice a week.
- Avoid over-the-counter medications that contain benzocaine or antibiotics. Lanolin in skin lotions, cosmetics and cleansers should also be avoided. Rather use natural skin and make up products.
- While aerobic exercise is beneficial in treating eczema and other skin ailments, take a cool to warm shower after exercise to wash away sweat. Avoid any temperature extremes and any activity that will involve excessive sweating.
- Use a humidifier in cold or dry weather.
- The ideal clothing is loose garments made of soft cotton and other natural fibers but NOT wool or any rough scratchy fibers. Certain tasks need protective clothing – a mouth mask when cleaning or vacuuming; gloves when handling plants, soil, solvents, detergents or chemicals.
Treat eczema by using the specially formulated natural H-Eczema. The product is safe and gentle and may be used on children of all ages. The topical application often provides immediate relief from the dryness and itching associated with eczema.
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