Eczema or atopic dermatitis is a condition of the skin that causes it to become red, very itchy, dry and inflamed. Generally, this skin condition is seen in children, but adults may get it too. Eczema treatment includes steroid creams, medications and/or light therapy. You can try to treat the condition at home as well.

Here are the top five ways to manage eczema with home treatment:

  1. Try to determine what flares the eczema up:  You need to find out, if possible, what causes the eczema to flare up in the first place. Are you sensitive to soaps? Try using a scent-free laundry detergent and soap. Cotton clothing is also best to wear. Any type of clothing that you wear should not be too tight or cause you to scratch. If it doesn't feel good against your skin, you need to get rid of it.
  2. Try not to scratch:  This is easier said than done, but a conscious effort must be made. Every time that the skin is scratched it seems to crave more scratching to satisfy the itch, and eczema is extremely itchy. When it is scratched, it can break open and this can lead to infection. When the itch is especially bothersome, a cold cloth to the area is very soothing.
  3. Control the temperature:  Eczema often flares up when there is a change in the environment. Most people sweat when overheated, which causes the eczema to exacerbate. This skin cannot become too dry, so an air conditioner or a cool mist humidifier will help.
  4. Avoid stress:  Eczema flares up during times of stress in most people. Try to keep stress levels down by eating a well-balanced diet, getting enough sleep and practicing some sort of self-soothing technique, such as yoga or meditation. Exercise is a great way to keep stress levels down.
  5. Moisturize often:  One of the most helpful things that can be done for the skin is to moisturize it. Bathing in lukewarm water for 10-15 minutes and then patting dry afterwards, followed by a moisturizer, works wonders for the skin. This will often keep the eczema under control, but it should be practiced regularly. Never use hot water when bathing or rub the skin harshly. Make it a point to wear gloves when working around water, such as dish washing or bathing small children.

If the eczema worsens or is not controlled by the above measures, a visit to the doctor may be necessary for a medicated cream or oral medication. Eczema does not usually go away, but it sometimes can be controlled.

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