Understanding Eczema. It's causes and treatments.
is a harsh skin condition. It blisters, cracks, itches, flakes, crusts and dries. It may also bleed, and be really dry. If you are a sufferer, the symptoms can drive you mad. I have suffered for years, and unfortunately so have my two children. I have tried every drug and herbal therapy going in my attempts to control outbreaks. It is a difficult condition to manage because of the many ways it presents itself and doctors aren't really sure what causes it.
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- Apply an anti-itch cream or calamine lotion to the affected area. A nonprescription hydrocortisone cream, containing at least 1 percent hydrocortisone, can temporarily relieve your itch. A nonprescription oral antihistamine, such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl, others), may be helpful if your itching is severe.
- Apply cool, wet compresses.
- Take a comfortably cool bath. Put an
oil in your bathwater and soak the affected area for at least 5 minutes. (emollient oils such as Aveeno, Keri, Avon Skin So Soft) You could also sprinkle your bath water with baking soda, uncooked oatmeal or colloidal oatmeal - a finely ground oatmeal that is made for the bathtub (Aveeno, others).
- Avoid scratching whenever possible. After applying a rich emollient cream, cover the itchy area with a dressing if you can't keep from scratching it. Trim nails and wear gloves at night. If your little ones are scratching try putting socks on their hands.
- Wear smooth-textured cotton clothing. This will help you avoid irritating the affected area.
- Use a hypo allergenic laundry detergent when washing clothes, towels and bedding. My favorites are Natura and Purex. Try using the extra rinse cycle on your wash machine.
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