Eczema is a chronic skin condition that leaves your skin dry, red, and itchy. Eczema can cause a significant amount of distress and inconvenience.
In more severe cases, the itching can become almost unbearable, and scratching only makes it worse, leading to a cycle that's hard to break.
Dr. Ulrike Ziegner and our team at Riviera Allergy Medical Center are committed to not only treating your eczema but also informing you about ways of managing it effectively at home. Take a moment as we discuss six home-based strategies to keep your eczema in check.
The cornerstone of any eczema management plan is moisturizing. Dry skin can exacerbate the itching and flaking that comes with eczema. A fragrance-free, hypoallergenic moisturizer can be your first line of defense against these symptoms.
It’s good practice to apply moisturizer immediately after a shower when your skin is still damp. This helps to lock in moisture and can significantly alleviate eczema symptoms. If you're uncertain about which moisturizer to use, we can help you select one that's suitable for your skin type.
Choose eczema-friendly products
Your choice of soap, shampoo, and even laundry detergent can affect your eczema. Many everyday products contain chemicals and fragrances that may irritate your skin further. Opt for hypoallergenic or eczema-friendly products to mitigate this risk.
Reading the ingredients list and doing a patch test can save you from potential flare-ups. At Riviera Allergy Medical Center, we can provide you with a list of products recommended as eczema-friendly, helping you make an informed choice.
Limit exposure to allergens
Common allergens like pollen, dust, and pet dander can often trigger or worsen eczema symptoms. Make it a habit to clean your home frequently to reduce the presence of these allergens.
Consider investing in hypoallergenic pillows and mattress covers, and keep your pets out of bedrooms to minimize exposure. We can also conduct allergy tests to identify specific triggers, helping you take more targeted action.
Develop a bathing routine
Hot water and prolonged exposure can strip your skin of its natural oils, making eczema worse. Lukewarm baths of short duration are preferable. After bathing, pat your skin dry and apply moisturizer. This routine can make a significant difference in managing your eczema symptoms.
Expert eczema management
While home remedies can be effective, they aren't a substitute for professional medical guidance. The Riviera Allergy Medical Center team provides tailored eczema treatment plans.
We offer a range of prescription treatments, from topical steroids to advanced therapies, to provide relief. An individualized plan, created just for you, can give you the most effective and long-lasting relief from eczema.
Managing eczema can be challenging, but it's far from impossible. By implementing these strategies and partnering with professionals, you can keep your symptoms at bay and lead a more comfortable life.
For top-quality eczema management, contact our Redondo Beach, California, office to set up a consultation. Your skin is your body's largest organ; it's worth takin