If you have been diagnosed with eczema, you’re in good company. Nearly a third of Americans experience the condition at some point in their lives. While there is no cure for eczema, there are a number of things you can do to help calm the itchy, dry and/or scaly patches during a flare-up.
- Wear clothing made of cotton and other soft fabrics. They should be loose-fitting to avoid rubbing and scratching the irritated areas.
- Apply prescribed creams and/or moisturizers daily. Always apply a moisturizer within three minutes of washing your hands or taking a bath to help lock in the moisture. (By the way, that bath or shower should be in lukewarm water, avoiding hot water whenever possible. Adding baking soda or bathtub-safe oatmeal to the water also helps.)
- Use a humidifier. Dry air leads to dry skin. Adding moisture to your home or work areas with a portable humidifier can make a significant difference in treating your eczema and helping prevent flare-ups.
- Apply cool, wet compresses. Cover the infected area with bandages to help sooth itching. And covering it with bandages will keep you from scratching.
- Talk to a dermatologist. Expert advice based on your specific needs will help you have the right medications and plan of action at hand when flare-ups occur. The team at Windsor Dermatology is ready to help you create a personalized treatment plan. Call today to schedule your consultation.