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How To Take Care Of Your Skin If You Have Eczema?

  • Know your triggers: Find out what substances act as triggers of your eczema. Keep away from triggers. You will be saving yourself a big amount of trouble. Sometimes, a food may be causing the flare-up. Eliminating that food from your diet can control the eczema without any medication. Weather changes, overheating, excess sweating, allergens such as dust mites are the possible triggers. Discuss all the possibilities with your doctor and eliminate them.

  • Keep skin well moisturized round the year. Well moisturized skin creates lesser complications of eczema. Dry skin itself can trigger eczema sometimes.

  • Don't scratch. Scratching will form a vicious cycle. The more you scratch, the more eczema will deteriorate and the more you will scratch. Break this cycle. Ask your doctor about any antihistamines that you can take to stop itching. Apply cool compress to soothe the itch.

  • Avoid use of skin care products with fragrance, dyes, anti-bacterials, etc. These may irritate your skin and begin a flare-up of eczema. Use a plain cleanser and moisturizer to keep skin clean and moist.

  • Avoid wearing any clothes that may itch. Cotton is best for clothing and bed sheets.

Article created on: August 1, 2006

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