When you have a flare-up of itchy, irritated skin from eczema, you feel like you’d do anything to calm down or prevent your rashes.
Luckily, there are many things you can do to ease those flare-ups and make your skin feel more comfortable. Our AFC Urgent Care Monroe Road team further explains below, so keep reading!
What Is Eczema?
Eczema is often referred to atopic dermatitis, which is a condition that makes the skin red and itchy. It’s most common among children, but it can occur at any age.
Unfortunately, atopic dermatitis is long lasting and tends to flare periodically. Sweat, fabrics (wool, polyester), pet dander, hot or cold weather, and harsh soaps are common triggers for eczema flare-ups. If you aren’t sure if you are experiencing a flare-up, we’ve listed their common symptoms below.
Common Eczema Flare-Up Symptoms
- Inflamed reddish brown or gray patches, especially on your hands, feet, chest, neck and inside the bends of the elbows and knees
- Serious itching that worsens at night
- Dry skin that could get raw or swollen from scratching
- Small raised bumps that might crust or leak fluid
- Skin that thickens and cracks
How Can I Treat Eczema Flare-Ups?
Effective treatments look a little different for everyone. When you take your symptoms, age, family history, other health problems and lifestyle into account, it can help you find treatments that work. Most eczema treatments give you short-term relief.
Topical, OTC creams can help with eczema flare-ups, and the natural remedies that we’ve listed below are effective in limiting the number of flare-ups that you experience.
Ways to Prevent Eczema Flare-Ups
- Use a humidifier if dry air makes your skin dry.
- Use mild soaps and other products that are free of perfumes, dyes and alcohol. Look for products labeled “fragrance free,” “hypoallergenic” and “for sensitive skin.”
- Moisturize your skin using a cream or ointment. Lotions don’t work as well. Apply several times a day, including after you bathe or shower.
- Use lukewarm water in the tub or shower instead of hot.
Dealing with eczema is no fun. If you have questions about how to deal with it or need other non-emergency medical care, don’t hesitate to visit our AFC Urgent Care Monroe Road center today!