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Eczema Self-Care at Home
Removing exacerbating factors is is a good place to start. This may be as simple as changing your laundry detergent or as difficult as moving to a new climate or changing jobs.
Prevent dry skin by taking warm showers or baths. Use a mild soap or body cleanser. Prior to drying off, apply an effective emollient to your wet skin.. Emollients are substances that inhibit the evaporation of water. Generally, they are available in jars and have a "stiff" consistency. They do not flow and ought to leave a shine with a slightly greasy feel on the skin. Most good emollients contain petroleum jelly although certain solid vegetable shortenings do a more than creditable job.
Avoid wearing tight-fitting, rough, or scratchy clothing.
Avoid scratching the rash. If you can't stop yourself from scratching, cover the area with a dressing. Wear gloves at night to minimize skin damage from scratching.
An anti-inflammatory topical cream may be necessary to control a flare of atopic dermatitis.
Avoid physical and mental stress. Eating right, light activity, and adequate sleep will help you stay healthy, which can help prevent flares.
Do not expect a quick response. Atopic dermatitis is controllable but consistency in application of treatment products is necessary.
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