What is Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)?
There is no known cure for eczema, but there are lots of good ways to control and treat this condition. The best thing you can do for the eczema is to keep skin moisturized! People with eczema have dry skin, the drier the skin, the more itchy and irritated the skin will be.
Tips to prevent an Eczema flare-up
The following are general guidelines for preventing an Eczema flare up:
- Bathe daily. Use lukewarm water for 10 minutes or less
- Use small amounts of mild soap. Choose one that is fragrance free. A liquid or bar is fine.
- Pat skin dry-do not rub. Be gentle; rough rubbing can irritate the skin.
- Moisturize immediately after a bath or shower, when the skin is still a little wet.
- Moisturize with creams or lotions as often as needed throughout the day.
- Choose a moisturizer without fragrance.
- Use fragrance-free laundry detergent
- Don’t use dryer sheets, as they are irritating.
What should you do in case of an Eczema flare?
Despite good routine care, eczema may still flare. The plan below will tell you what medicines to use to get the flare under control. Don’t forget, keep using good routine skin care even during a flare. The following is a recommended guidelines for treating a flare:
The Soak – and – Grease method for treating Eczema:
- Soak in bathtub for 10 minutes until fingers are slightly wrinkly.
- Pat skin dry and apply a greasy moisturizer to whole body. This can be done two times per day if time permits, but at least once per day.
- If you are applying any prescription medications, they can be applied 30 minutes after the Soak and Grease has been performed.