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Eczema on the fingers/hands of my 6 year old. It’s looking infected, so I’ll be calling the doctor tomorrow. Photo for medical files. Updated to add that the physician confirmed the skin is infected. Trying zithromax, hoping to avoid oral steroids.
Are you or is someone you know dealing with the frustrations that come with eczema? If the answer is yes, you may be wondering if there is anything that can be done to lessen the frustration it brings. The following advice is chock full of interesting advice that is easy to understand about this skin condition.
Dress in cotton, or at least wear a cotton blend. This type of fabric usually does not irritate people who have eczema. Avoid things like polyester, which can cause an outbreak. In addition, when you purchase new clothing, make sure you put it in the washing machine prior to wearing it.
You should always use sunscreen. This is even more important when you have eczema. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 so you don’t get a sunburn. Having a sunburn can make your skin even itchier than usual. You could use sunscreens specifically formulated for the face on the entire body. These are generally more gentle to use.
Try to be aware of anything that triggers your eczema. Flare ups of eczema can be particularly unpleasant. It is important to know what makes your eczema worse. Do scented soaps or lotions aggravate your skin? Make note of anything that causes your eczema to flare up, and make a point to avoid it.
Avoid becoming overheated. Excess sweat can trigger eczema flare-ups. If you do work out, take a shower afterwards. In fact, shower after any bout of strenuous activity, which could include things like gardening or heavy housework. Keeping your skin clean will help to keep you comfortable and your eczema flare-ups at bay.
Make sure your home is always at a comfortable temperature. Extreme temperatures can irritate eczema and cause outbreaks. Use devices in your home that can help regulate the temperature. This will keep the air, and your skin, moist.
Use an antibiotic ointment on severely cracked skin. This can prevent infections from forming. It also serves as a moisturizer. Do this sparingly though; prolonged use of antibiotic ointments can render them ineffective. If you do have an infection, you should consult your doctor, who may give you an oral antibiotic.
Make your eczema less itchy by taking a bath that’s warm. Don’t make the water too cold or too hot. Sprinkling colloidal oatmeal or baking soda in your bath water can help relieve your itchy skin. Or, you could pour 1/2 cup of bleach into a standard bath to reduce skin bacteria.
Remember to moisturize your skin. Moisturizing your skin regularly is one of the best ways you can combat eczema. Look for thick, unscented moisturizers that will not aggravate your skin. Too many chemicals or additives in a moisturizer can be counterproductive. Apply it on a daily basis, especially after taking a shower or bath.
Although eczema presently can’t be cured, there are various strategies that be used to manage it. If you have eczema on your hands, always cover them with plastic or vinyl gloves when doing water-related chores, such as washing dishes. If you hands tend to sweat while wearing these gloves, wear cotton gloves under them to soak up the sweat.
Ensuring that your skin remains moisturized can help prevent future eczema flare ups. When skin is moisturized, it is soft and pliable, thus reducing cracking. Use an unscented natural moisturizer or petroleum jelly. Avoid anything with a strong scent or too many chemicals.
As the beginning of this article stated previously, eczema can be frustrating. While may people suffer from it, there is no reason that anyone has to sit back and take it without some relief. Using the advice given here will help your skin be happier, and this will make you happier as a result.