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Feb 7

How to Handle an Eczema Flare Up

Eczema occurs when the skin becomes inflamed. It is typically characterized by patches of skin that are crusting, vesicular or itchy. The term eczema is often used in a broad sense to describe other types of skin conditions such as skin rashes and dryness that have the following symptoms: bleeding, cracking, flaking, dryness, swelling, blistering, crusting and redness.

Let’s take a look at some ways that you can use to treat eczema:

1. Keep your skin moisturized

This is very important in the process of treating eczema. If your skin is dry, eczema can get worse and spread much more easily. You must remember that eczema goes deep beyond the surface of the skin, so you should moisturize a minimum of two times each day. It is critical that you thoroughly moisturize your skin after every shower that you take. Also, avoid all harsh soaps that could contribute to skin dryness.

2. Do not be afraid to go to the doctor

There are people who go to a dermatologist when they have a tiny pimple, so do not hesitate to see your doctor in the case of eczema that is causing you a lot of pain. It is especially important to see a doctor if you believe the area of skin might be infected.

3. Take a warm bath

Taking a warm bath in epsom salts can do wonders for your skin. After you finish your bath, apply baby oil to the affected areas of your skin.

4. Keep yourself hydrated

This is a good idea even if you are not suffering from eczema. However, when you are experiencing any type of dry skin, hydration is one of the best ways to prevent it from getting worse.

5. Avoid touching your skin

For most people, this is much easier said than done. This is a habit you need to break if you ever hope to be rid of eczema. Constant touching of the skin will only result in the affected area becoming larger and more difficult to treat. Your mother always told you not to scratch yourself and she was right. If you find that your itching is severe, there are menthol ointments that have been known to lessen the itching sensation.

6. Be aware of your triggers

If you suffer from a dust or hay fever allergy, the effect on your skin can be severe if your eczema is being problematic. These types of allergies can cause hives, which in turn will cause you to scratch. Before you know it, you will have a large flare up. Therefore, do your best to stay away from places where your allergies might cause you problems.

7. Diet

Your diet is something that should not be overlooked. What you eat plays a direct role in the health of your skin. Consume foods that have essential fatty acids, vitamin A and B6.

8. Get tested for intolerances

Some people are intolerant to sugar, wheat, yeast and dairy products. You might have one of these intolerances and not realize it. If they are allowed to build up over a period of time, certain reactions can occur. One of these reactions is eczema.