How to help stop the itch
If you suffer from eczema, you're not alone. It's estimated that eczema affects 10% to 15% of the population and is becoming more common. The cause of eczema is not entirely understood, although genetic, immunological and skin barrier defects are important factors. To learn more about eczema go to www.EczemaGuide.ca and read the tips below:
Allergies can make your eczema worse
Some common allergens are metals such as nickel and chrome (often found in jewellery), perfumed products, preservatives in certain moisturizers or cleansers, lanolin, and rubber or latex products. Your dermatologist can perform a skin allergy test to help you determine what's causing the reaction.
Trying to control eczema?
Eliminate all residual detergents in your clothes and bedding by adding less detergent to your laundry and doing a double rinse. You may also find that soap flakes are less irritating, and you should avoid using fabric softeners. There are special products like Tide Free and Bounce Free that are designed for sensitive skin.
Is a bath or shower better for eczema?
If you have eczema, a bath is probably a better choice than a shower. To minimize skin irritation, use only lukewarm water and stay away from perfumed products or bubble bath.
The cold and dry winter months can be extremely uncomfortable for those with eczema, causing flare-ups and cracked or chapped skin. Control your eczema during these months by moisturizing regularly, doing what you can to manage stress, and avoiding irritants like wool and harsh soaps (See www.MildCleanser.ca to learn more). If you do experience flare-ups, see your doctor about prescription topical cortisones or non-steroidal creams and ointments.
The SkinCareGuide Network of dermatology-related websites was founded by a prestigious group of international dermatologists. It provides comprehensive information for patients and physicians about the skin, its care and various skin conditions and treatments. All content is reviewed by an independent Board of Medical Advisors to ensure that the information is accurate, unbiased and up-to-date. This information is not intended to replace a consultation with your own physician.