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Things You Can Change About Eczema

Eczema is the disease than affects mostly those with the family history of allergies and genetically predisposed to the environmental triggers. This skin condition is characterized by the chronic, relapsing itchy rush and affects 10-20 percent of population at some point during the childhood. Eczema doesnít have age preferences and affects infants, children and adults.

Any part of the body can be affected with eczema, but most adults experience it on their face, neck, and the insides of the elbows, knees, and ankles. In infants it is usually occurs on the forehead, neck, scalp, cheeks, forearms and legs. The symptoms vary from itchy inflamed skin to redness, burning, patches and blisters.

For today, no cure has been found for eczema. Like many diseases that never fully go, but can be handled, eczema is being treated nowadays. Dermatologists prescribe corticosteroid creams and ointments, sedative antihistamines, antibiotics and drugs called calcineurin inhibitors.

But measures can be taken to prevent flare-ups. If you follow some simple precautions, eczema outbreaks can be avoided. Things are more complicated with kids since it is hard to control the scratching and contact with bacteria that can infect childís skin.

First, cotton closes should become a common outfit for those having eczema. Wool and synthetic clothes cause scratching that provokes irritation. When you go outside during the winter, wear gloves to prevent cold air and humidity from affecting your skin.

Getting to hot and sweaty makes your skin itchy and irritated. Avoiding activities that provoke sweating can prevent you from annoying eczema flare-ups. Try yoga or less exhausting activities if you canít go without exercising. Itching may be triggered by your routine activities: contacting with certain soaps, detergents and disinfectants, dust mites and animal saliva, juices from meat and fresh fruits. Knowing what can cause an outbreak, try to avoid contact with these things.

Frequent moisturizing is the principal rule to take care of your skin if you have eczema. Most flare-ups happen if the skin is not sufficiently supplied with liquid. To enhance moisturizing your shower procedure should contain the following items: soaking in the tub for 15-20 minutes to let the outer layer of the skin absorb water, using a small amount of soap when bathing, keeping the water warm (not cold or hot) and patting (not rubbing) the skin with the soft towel . Lots of ďnotĒ, but will help to keep the skin moisturized.

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Right after the shower, apply a plain moisturizer to your skin. This will seal in the moisture. Keep moisturizing the skin as frequent as possible and make it the rule.

You should also be aware if some food provokes outbreaks and avoid its onsuming. Stress is another potential trigger of eczema. Here you have another reason to start getting acquainted with yoga!

So everything is in your hands and if you want to forget that you have eczema just keep following these simple rules.

Diana L.


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