The common mistake most people while trying to cure eczema is that they rely mainly on prescribed medications that only suppress the symptoms but won't eliminate the underlying cause.
Most treatments for eczema are aimed to lessen the inflammation and relieve the itching, as well as prevent their recurrence and flare-ups in the future. Due to the different possible causes of eczema, it is hard to have one standard cure for it. The good thing is that the different things you can do to ease the symptoms generally work on all but the most serious of cases.
Avoid using detergents as much as possible. Detergents can exacerbate the skin irritation eczema sufferers are subjected to. Most detergents are made from petrochemicals, which increase the skin membrane’s permeability. Sodium lauryl sulphate, for example, which is a common household detergent, has been shown to amplify the penetration of antigens on your skin.
When washing dirt off your skin, use normal water as much as possible. Use cleansers only if water is not enough.
Moisturize your skin. Dry skin is one of the factors that worsens eczema. Therefore, it is important that you keep your skin moisturized and moistened. Do not use detergents and soaps, as these can strip the skin of its natural oils, leading to more dryness. Use moisturizing body wash or emollients instead. Aqueous creams maintain the skin’s natural oils and may even reduce your need to moisturize your skin. For severely dry skin, however, use thicker ointments, as light aqueous creams might not have much of an effect on it.
Apply emollient creams and lotions directly after bathing to lock in the moisture (Want to make your own lotion, see how to make rosewater skin lotion). You can also use moisturizing gloves to keep the emollients in contact with your skin when you sleep at night. For unbroken skin, you can opt to directly use waterproof tape to improve skin integrity and moisture levels, allowing your skin to heal better. Using this treatment can also put a stop to the itching as well as prevent the skin from cracking, especially since you won’t be scratching as much.
Use antihistamines and anti-inflammation creams. Itching can be the cause of allergens wreaking havoc on your skin. antihistamines essentially block the effects of histamines in your body, preventing allergic symptoms like itching. Diphenhydramine, hydroxine, and cyproheptadine are some examples of antihistamines that appear to be the most effective. Stopping the itching will cause you to stop the scratching, avoiding the risk of skin breakage and infection.
· 8 years ago