Living with eczema is a challenge. Eczema is a chronic condition that is characterized by inflammation of the skin. The itching can become so severe that the patient will scratch themselves until they bleed in an effort to bring relief.
The exact cause of eczema is unknown. However, researchers have determined that it occurs more often in people with other immune disorders, such as asthma and allergies.
Food allergies can also trigger eczema outbreaks. In children, the most common allergy-causing foods are dairy, nuts and seeds, and soy. Like other immune system disorders, eczema can be affected by stress, lack of sleep, poor hydration and inadequate nutrition.
Many things can trigger a flare-up of eczema, from scented soaps to dust mites.
Like asthma, eczema can be controlled but not cured, but, in most cases, it is manageable with the right products and care.
Tips that may help you to manage it better.
- Use warm, not hot, water for at least 5 to 10 minutes.
- Avoid scrubbing your skin and use unscented soap or soap substitute. In some cases, you may opt not to use any type of soap.
- As soon as you are done bathing promptly apply moisturizer. This will help keep the skin hydrated
- Avoid clothing that that is made from wool or 100% polyester. They can be rough, scratchy and can be hot. Skinnies line of viscose and silk therapeutic clothing is a great choice.
- Use natural fabrics for your bedding including organic cotton and silk.
- Avoid stress, if you already have inflammation in your skin, as with eczema, stress will worsen your condition and cause a flare-up.
- Use a humidifier in the winter to help the skin from drying out.
- Reduce indoor allergens, particularly dust mites, and by washing bedding weekly in hot water, removing rugs, stuffed furniture, stuffed toys, and curtains when possible.
We carry products including Skinnies Therapeutic Clothing, Vanicream and Kamadis skincare products that have been clinically proven to help you manage your eczema.