Many people suffer from the skin condition eczema. This disease appears as itchy, dry and red spots which get worse during or after sun exposure or warm weather. Eczema can appear anywhere on the body. To discover how to naturally eliminate it, read this article.
What to know about eczema
Around 15% to 30% of children suffer from eczema and around 2% to 10% of adults. Two thirds of those who suffer with eczema manage to cure the condition. The medical name for it is atopic dermatitis and it is more common in those that live in a city. Eczema is not contagious and it’s more prone in people that have an intolerance to gluten.
Eczema tends to make the skin very itchy. You need to be careful when scratching it as the area can get infected and appear worse.
Normal skin tends to have a barrier that protects against pollution and other environmental factors. With eczema, the dermis allows allergens like pollen and mites to affect it. This causes inflammation, dryness and itchiness. It may also resemble another skin condition called psoriasis.
Eczema is currently treated by hydrating the skin and reducing inflammation. A doctor will prescribe a moisturiser that can be applied after bathing to retain water.
You don’t need to use expensive products to treat this skin condition. However, using a good cream will aid irriration and redness. A dermatologist may also be able to prescribe an antihistamine.
It’s always a good idea to bathe after exercising or being in the sun as sweat can cause an outbreak. Reducing stress can help to0.
Sometimes, eczema will appear due to an allergy or consuming certain foods like dairy or nuts. Coming into contact with detergents or cleaning products can also cause a breakout.
How to alleviate the symptoms
Keep these tips in mind to help you alleviate the symptoms.
Avoid cleaning products when washing dishes
In fact, avoid cleaning products and chemicals of all kinds getting on your skin. Use latex gloves when cleaning or washing clothes by hand and hypoallergenic cleaning products and detergents.
Have a quick shower instead of a long bath
When you have eczema, your skin requires hydration. However, hot water makes the condition worse. Using lukewarm water is better as is drying your skin by gently patting it with a soft towel instead of rubbing it vigorously.
Avoid using scented soap
Avoid using shower gels, as these can cause allergies. Use hypoallergenic products moderately. Also, avoid infected skin coming into contact with shampoo or conditioner.
Keep your skin hydrated
Applying moisturiser regularly will help to keep your skin hydrated. Try to apply cream several times per day if you can, to alleviate the symptoms.
Don’t scratch itchy skin as it prevents the skin from healing. Use a heavy cream, homemade ointment or over the counter remedy to eliminate itchiness.
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