Soothing Eczema Symptoms
Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a chronic skin disorder caused by inflammation. The condition can range from mild to severe. In mild cases, eczema is similar to slightly dry skin and can produce itchy, red patches on any part of the body (slightly dry skin differs in that it does not usually itch or become inflamed). In severe cases, the skin affected by eczema can become extremely irritated, sometimes to the point that it cracks and oozes.
Eczema tends to flare in cycles between periods of remission. Some common triggers include heat, humidity, sweating, stress, perfumes, detergents, and wool fabrics. Scratching can also make the condition worse, so it may be necessary to cover an affected area with a dressing.
If you have eczema, there are steps you can take to help keep your skin healthy. Most importantly, you should try to identify potential triggers in your home, diet, and lifestyle and avoid them as much as possible.
In addition to avoiding eczema triggers, it’s essential to protect and care for your skin. Here’s how:
- Bathe in lukewarm water – Regular bathing can remove dirt and germs, hydrate the skin, and promote relaxation. Use a gentle, soap-free, and fragrance-free cleanser, avoid scrubbing, and limit showers and baths to no more than 10-15 minutes. To help retain the moisture in your skin, pat it dry and apply a moisturizer right after bathing.
- Lubricate your skin daily – To attract water to your skin and help keep it there, apply a moisturizer every day, even if you have no eczema symptoms. For added benefits, look for a moisturizer that contains colloidal oatmeal, a safe and effective skin protectant that can help relieve minor itching and irritation.
- Control your environment – Keep the temperature inside your home on the cool side, especially while you are sleeping. If the indoor air is dry, you can add moisture with a humidifier.
- Wear soft, breathable clothing – Choose loose-fitting clothes made of cotton and other comfortable fabrics that won’t irritate your skin.
- Use mild laundry-care products – For washing your clothes, bedding, and towels, use gentle, fragrance-free products that do not contain bleach or fabric softeners.
- Make positive lifestyle choices – Eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep can help reduce stress, prevent eczema flare-ups, and contribute to your overall health and well-being.
If you have questions about eczema prevention, symptoms, or treatment, please contact or visit South Tampa Immediate Care. Our walk-in clinic is conveniently located on South Howard Avenue in Tampa, FL, and no appointments are necessary.