Eczema can be irritating, unsightly and downright painful! And for those of us who suffer from it, the dry, chilly winter air doesn’t help matters.
The good news is, many cases of eczema can be treated at home once you find the solution that works for you. You may still notice flare-ups, but instead of letting them take over, you can spot one coming on and nip it in the bud.
More severe cases of eczema may require prescription-strength treatment. But before you schedule an appointment with your dermatologist, try these five healing DIY tips first.
The biggest irritant for eczema-prone skin is dryness, and there’s no time of year that’s worse for dry skin than winter. Using a heater in your home compounds the drying effects.
A humidifier replaces moisture in the air and lessens the stress on your skin.
Hydrocortisone cream is a topical corticosteroid that reduces inflammation and itchiness caused by some skin conditions, including mild cases of eczema.
Hydrocortisone cream can be found in any drugstore. Cortisone 10, Preparation-H and Aveeno are all brand names to look for.
Unfortunately, many skincare products are made from cheap ingredients to keep costs low. These lower grade ingredients can irritate skin conditions like eczema and cause flare-ups.
Opt for a high-quality, moisturizing skincare regimen to lock in moisture and nourish skin. OUR Skin Cares is a physician-developed, all-in-one formula that replaces your moisturizer, wrinkle cream, eye cream and pore minimizer. It’s free of preservatives, dyes and silicones, all of which can irritate skin, and it’s gentle enough for eczema sufferers.
You might have taken anti-histamines in the past to keep allergies at bay. Well, eczema irritates skin in much the same way as an allergic reaction, and anti-histamines can be an effective treatment.
They’re particularly useful if itchy skin is your biggest trouble. Claritin, Benadryl and Allegra are all good over-the-counter anti-histamines to try (as always, consult with your doctor before starting any new medication to ensure it’s safe for you and won’t interfere with something you’re already taking).
If you’ve tried all the at-home remedies without much luck, you may have a case of eczema that requires expert treatment. In this case, it’s time to book an appointment with your dermatologist.
Don’t have a dermatologist? Ask your regular doc first. He or she may be able to prescribe something that will alleviate your irritation, while putting you in contact with a great dermatologist referral.
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