If you do not want your loved ones to develop eczema, then be aware of certain tips by following which you can prevent this skin condition. There are a number of ways in which extreme flare-ups of eczema can be prevented. To know of the ways in which eczema can be prevented, one should first also learn of its causative factors and know of the substances that can trigger it.
Following simple precautionary steps can help a person in avoiding eczema. Here are some of the useful suggestions that one can put to effect in order to reduce the severity of the eczema flare-up and also bring down the frequency at which it strikes a person:
Bathing and Skin Care
Do not use soaps containing harmful chemicals as exposure to certain types of soap and cosmetics can cause extreme irritation and scratching, thereby triggering eczema. It is best to avoid only creams and ointments as that are prescribed by your doctor. Use moisturizing lotions as recommended by your skin specialist on a regular basis. Avoid using scrubbing products that cause the skin to become rough, itchy and red. Gently rub your skin with natural exfoliating products to keep the skin soft, supple and prevent it from drying and cracking.
Avoid using bath solutions and moisturizers with strong chemicals. Some soap also contains harmful chemicals that make the skin rough and dry. Therefore avoid exposure to harsh soaps, bubble bath and substances with strong detergents. It is recommended that you do not use biological agents in order to prevent eczema.
You can go for a hot shower or a steaming hot bath in order to get relief from the chronic itching sensation. However, avoid over bathing as this is also one of the causes of eczema. Exposure to water and repeated washing of hands too frequently can cause hand eczema. Bathing with hot water dehydrates your skin and the natural oils as present in the skin may be lost upon excessive bathing, thereby causing the skin to become dry, scaly and cracked. Take bath with lukewarm water and do not go for long hot baths. Avoid rubbing your body vigorously with a towel as this will lessen the skin’s level of moisturizers. Pat yourself dry after a shower and moisturize your body with gentle creams and ointments.
As eczema is generally believed to be triggered when the skin comes into contact with environmental irritants and allergens, it is best to avoid exposure to substances that cause allergies. Sometimes, some common forms of eczema like irritant contact dermatitis are caused due to mild irritants such as soap, saliva, sweat, urine and even water. Chemicals as present in some forms of substances such as deodorants, cosmetics, shoes and some kind of medicines are also believed to trigger eczema. It is best to avoid coming into contact with common allergic substances present in various substances and allergens such as poison ivy, poison sumac and poison oak. Therefore, one effective way of preventing eczema is to find out what you are allergic to and avoid exposure to such substances. Minimize contact with dust, pollen and other common allergens by washing your clothes regularly and keeping your place clean. Replace all those substances that tend to harbor dust mites.
Excessive Sweating and Skin Rashes
Skin rashes as that characterizes eczema can be prevented if one takes an effort to maintain proper weight since rashes often appear under the skin fold. Excessive sweating under the crease of the skin or folds of any body part can increase the risk of a person of getting skin rashes. If a person is overweight then the chances of excessive sweating and rashes under the skin folds also increase. Therefore, one should make sincere attempts to reduce weight in order to reduce the symptoms of eczema. Follow some exercise programs to reduce sweating and wear clean clothes to prevent rashes.
Keep Away From Scratching The Itchy Rashes
It is hard to resist the urge to scratch the rashes as there is a strong itching sensation in the skin. However, one should avoid scratching the itchy rashes as it can worsen the problem and cause it to become more serious. Cut the fingernails short to avoid doing damage by scratching the skin. Applying cold compressor can also help provide some relief to a person with intense scratching sensation.
Use humidifiers that can prevent your skin to become dry and cracked in low-humidifying conditions. Also learn of the techniques and exercises that can help in reducing stress. Bringing down emotional stress level is important for preventing eczema outbreaks.