Many people with eczema find that their symptoms are made worse by common triggers encountered in day to day life such as hot weather, having a shower, soap and overheating in bed at night. The following tips may help you to better manage your eczema and reduce the frequency of flare-ups. Always see your doctor or dermatologist for further information and advice.
According to the Eczema Association of Australasia Inc, there are a number of ways symptoms can be reduced for both children and adults.
- Learn your eczema triggers and how to avoid them.
- Stress less!
- Develop and maintain a daily skin routine.
- Look for skincare products that contain natural ingredients, can be used on sensitive skin, do not irritate or inflame and contain no nasty ingredients.
- Keep fingernails short to prevent scratching from breaking the skin.
- Avoid rapid changes of temperature.
- Have lukewarm baths and showers.
- Gently pat, not rub, your skin dry with a soft towel.
- Apply moisturiser within three minutes after bathing to lock in the moisture.
- Use hypoallergenic products and avoid anything perfumed.
- Wear cotton mitts or gloves at night.
- Avoid rough, scratchy synthetic fibres and tight clothing.
- Use rubber gloves with cotton liners.
- Eliminate dust mites in your home.
- Use sensitive skin washing powders and detergents.
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