In case you’re lucky and you have never had eczema you probably don’t actually know what it is – the National Institutes of Health describes it as different types of skin swellings which cause red, swollen, dry and itchy skin. It is a chronic disease and it can be prevented by avoiding irritants, stress and everything you are allergic to. However, if you already have it, there’s no thinking about preventing it, but treating it.
Eczema is usually found in children, but adults can get it as well. To control this tedious disease, the key solution is to make sure you improve the quality of your skin – which means taking better care of it. Sometimes, making some lifestyle changes and changing little things in the skin care routine can go a long way in treating eczema, while sometimes, when the problem is more serious, people need to take medicines in order to control this condition.
Use a gentle soap. This is one of the non-drug treatments for eczema that will help you prevent excess drying of your skin. You can buy these soaps at almost any drugstore, but to make sure you are taking the one that will be the most beneficial for you, you can consult your pharmacist or your doctor.
Use a good moisturizer. A moisturizer can be in the form of a cream, a lotion or some kind of ointment, it doesn’t really matter which one you choose, what matters is that it helps maintain your skin’s natural moisture and that you apply it in an appropriate way. Namely, the best time to moisturize is immediately after your shower/bath, and if possible once more during the day. Also, the Mayo Clinic , and the National Eczema Association suggest adding a small amount of bleach to your bath to neutralize or at least minimize the symptoms of eczema, because bleach kills the bacteria from your skin and prevents itchiness and other symptoms. The best thing about using bleach to treat eczema is that it is safe for children, as well as for adults.
Other non-drug treatments include avoiding long baths, because long exposure to water can, paradoxically, additionally dry your skin. Since stress is one of the major causes of many diseases, including eczema, avoiding it is also one of the ways to treat this condition. So find something that helps you relax, and you will see how the symptoms will ameliorate.
Taking some supplements may help. Sometimes, due to the way we live today, we fail to take in all the vitamins our body needs through food. That is when we should take some supplements to make up for the nutrients we failed to get with our nutrition. But first always make sure you consult your doctor or nutritionist before taking anything on your own. Sometimes eczema appears when you lack fatty acids in your body as these nutrients help against inflammation and dryness. So taking some supplements with Omega 3, 6 and 9 acids would probably be a good idea if you are dealing with eczema (but consult your doctor before you take anything, of course). Moreover, your skin needs to improve its quality to get rid of eczema, and for that you could take vitamins C, E and D which are powerful antioxidants (meaning they will protect your skin from free radicals), and will contribute to your skin producing more collagen, alongside improving the texture of your skin.
Pay attention to your nutrition. If you are drinking lots of cow’s milk and you have eczema – stop it immediately! One of the most common dietary causes of eczema is this milk. So, try to go without milk for a couple of weeks and see what happens. If you get better – it was probably the milk making you sick. You can easily replace it with almond, oat or rice milk and you will maybe even enjoy the taste more than you would drinking dairy milk. Furthermore, there is a possibility that you are intolerant to some sorts of foods, such as soy, gluten or nuts, so if you got eczema and you suspect you might be sensitive to these kinds of foods, avoid them for some time and your condition will probably improve, and your eczema might even vanish. If that doesn’t show any results, you should consult a doctor to receive some therapy for your eczema.
Pay attention to what kind of detergent you are using for washing your clothes. Some of the detergent you are using is certainly staying inside your clothes, and those detergents that contain a lot of chemicals can have a negative impact on your skin – cause or worsen your eczema situation. That is why choosing a natural washing powder is the best choice, especially because it doesn’t contain chemicals or anything that could harm your skin, so your eczema will probably get a lot better, and if it was the clothes causing it – you may just get rid of it by switching to this natural variant.