I have written a lot about my experience with eczema and dermatitis. I have written about living with severely dry skin and the things that I do to help manage it. I have shared stories about my flares and what works for me during those times.
I thought it might be helpful to write a list of ten tips that anyone can use when dealing with severe eczema. These are things that I have learned over the years and that may or may not work for you, too.
1. Stay hydrated.
Water is your friend when you have eczema, even if it feels like the last thing you want to do is apply water to your body when it’s already so dry. But staying hydrated from both the inside and outside will help your skin stay healthy and keep moisture in better.
2. Moisturize immediately after showering or bathing.
Your skin loses moisture quickly when exposed to water, especially hot water which strips oil from your skin and exacerbates itching. The best time to moisturize is immediately following your bath or shower, when your skin is still moist from washing, but before it dries out completely–this helps lock in some of the moisture from washing and prevents further drying which can lead to itching,
Dealing with eczema is not easy, especially when it’s severe. We often get emails from readers asking how they can cope with daily eczema management, and how they can get their severe flares under control. Here are some of our top tips for managing severe eczema, plus links to more posts that may help.
1. Don’t Scratch
2. Moisturize Often and Generously
3. Identify Triggers and Avoid Them
4. Learn About Different Treatments and Find What Works For You
5. Find a Great Doctor
6. Try Natural Remedies
7. Talk About It
8. Take Care of Yourself
9. Don’t Give Up
10. Join the Eczema Community
I am a dermatologist specializing in the treatment of patients with eczema. I have been in practice for over a decade and have seen it all, from patients who were nearly housebound due to this condition to those who suffered from eczema but were able to manage it so well that I almost forgot they had it.
The purpose of this blog is to summarize my clinical experience and share with you what I’ve learned about the best ways to manage severe eczema.
Eczema is a chronic skin disease that can be difficult to treat. Although there are many medications available for its treatment, these often do not work well or have unpleasant side effects. In addition, many people with severe eczema need lifelong therapy with potent topical steroids and other medications in order to control their symptoms.
If you are one of these people, then this blog is for you!
How do you manage your severe eczema? There are many things you can do to keep it under control, but every situation is different. You may need to try several different treatment options before finding the one that works best for you.
Here are some suggestions that other people have found helpful:
1. Moisturize frequently
If your skin is dry, moisturizing it often can help prevent itching and reduce flare-ups. Keep your skin moist by applying a cream or lotion at least twice daily. You may need to apply it more often if you’re sweating or live in a dry climate.
2. Avoid triggers
Try to avoid things that irritate or trigger your eczema, such as:
* scratchy clothing
* dust mites
* pets with fur or feathers
* certain fabrics and detergents
If you have severe eczema, check out these tips to help you manage it.
1. Keep your skin moisturized
Moisturizing your skin twice a day helps prevent flare-ups by keeping the moisture in your skin.
2. Get the right treatment for you
Treatments come in many forms, but the most common are creams and ointments. Some are prescription and some over-the-counter (OTC). OTC treatments are good options if you have mild eczema or if you have areas of very dry skin. If you have moderate or severe eczema, talk to your doctor about prescription treatments that may be right for you.
3. Watch what’s in your products
Some common ingredients found in lotions and other beauty products can trigger flare-ups in people with sensitive skin. These include fragrances and chemicals like parabens and phthalates. Be sure to read labels before using any product on your skin.
Eczema is defined as any of a group of inflammatory skin conditions that cause the skin to become itchy, red, dry and cracked. The most common form of eczema is called atopic dermatitis.
Eczema affects people of all ages and often develops in early childhood. It affects 15 million Americans.
In most cases, eczema is not contagious and can’t be passed from person to person. However, there may be some instances where an individual with one type of eczema could transmit a skin infection to another person who has a different type of eczema or healthy skin.
Eczema is treated with medicated creams and ointments. Some people find that changing their lifestyle and avoiding known triggers can help manage the condition.
1. Find a doctor who will work with you.
2. Be prepared to experiment.
3. Take notes during doctor’s appointments and at home.
4. Have a good bath routine.
5. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
6. Know your triggers and avoid them as much as possible.
7. Know your products and use them correctly.
8. Keep friends close and stay positive!
9. Monitor your skin for signs of infection or allergic reactions to medications, etc.
10. Invest in some good (and comfy) clothes!