What To Do When Eczema Flares Up
If you suffer from Eczema, you’re probably aware that it tends to flare up every now and then.
Needless to say, an eczema flare up can cause you untold suffering and make your or loved one’s existence a mini-hell.
Fortunately, there are a couple of actions that can swiftly calm down the rashes and prevent the development of the usually painful skin symptoms associated with flared eczema.
Apply a moisturizing product: Moisturizers (or emollients) minimize water loss and aid your skin’s natural recovery and can go a long way in lessening your itching. Try to keep a moisturizer that suits your type of Eczema at home.
Apply an anti-itching cream: When applied on the affected areas, nonprescription hydrocortisone cream reduces the itching and redness that may occur as a result of Eczema. You should, however, cut down on its use as the symptoms improve.
Take anti-itch medication: If itching is becoming severe by the minute, consider buying nonprescription allergy medicines (also known as antihistamines) like cetirizine (Zyrtec) and diphenhydramine.
Cool the itch: Apply menthol, water-soaked fabric wraps, or even ice packs. Their cooling effect could help relieve itching.
Soothing The Eczema Flare Up
Taking a shower: Soaking in water or showering is rated among the best Eczema therapies – provided you do it properly.
Bathe/shower using lukewarm (and not hot) water and for between 5-10 minutes. You also want to avoid harsh soaps and should select a gentle cleanser instead. Still, you may add beneficial ingredients such as baking soda, vinegar, or even oatmeal to your bathing water to tackle specific Eczema symptoms.
Finally, don’t scrub the affected skin and remember to moisturize immediately after you finish bathing.
Bandaging: If you can, cover the affected spots with bandages. This again helps shield the skin and hinder scratching.
Using Humidifier therapy: A humidifier improves moisture in the air indoors and may be naturally helpful in easing itching and flaking on your skin.
Changing your clothing: Get out of rough, tight, or scratchy clothing and slip into comfy, smooth-textured clothing. The itchiness will soon start fading.
Distract Your Thoughts
Scratching persistently only aggravates the hurting Eczema symptoms. Deflecting your mind from the symptoms may help you momentarily forget to scratch. You can do this by:
Pursing Relaxation techniques: Engaging in relaxing activities such as mindfulness and meditation effectively removes you from the present situation to another ‘happy’ World.
Turn to your hobbies: Hanging out with friends, getting lost in a good book, playing games, or even dancing to your favorite tunes are some of the hobbies that can also help keep your brain busy and ‘away’ from Eczema.
Seek Professional Help
Sometimes the flare up can be so grave meaning the above actions may have little impact.
In such cases, it’s best to seek professional assistance. Your doctor will examine you, ask a couple of questions including about the measures you have tried so far and prescribe appropriate medication for your Eczema.
Usually, this may include a corticosteroid cream, known to significantly reduce flare-ups or even stronger over the counter creams.
If you have a fresh Eczema flare up every now and then, try fish oil supplements and probiotics. These are known to boost human immunity systems and might result in fewer incidences of flare-ups, if used consistently.
Also take vitamin D supplements and keep your body always hydrated.
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