There are all kinds of skin conditions that irritate the skin but eczema treatment is one of the most challenging ones. It is also known as Atopic Dermatitis, a skin inflammation that produces rashes, dry skin and itching.
This allergy is caused by various factors such as genetics, irregular functioning of immune system or even the environment. Since there is no cure per se, the best a patient can do is take steps to prevent an outbreak of the condition or at least ensure you take care of your skin in the cold, reality of winter. Children are the worst sufferers and winter is one of the biggest challenges that a patient with this skin condition must face.
Here are some winter care tips for a patient suffering from Eczema:
Follow doctor’s orders
Strictly follow the treatment that your dermatologist recommends as a part of your daily regimen.
Cleanse and bathe
Use lukewarm water to have a bath; bathe and wash with soaps that are mild and have cleansing agents that keep your skin soft. Any harsh soap will only aggravate your problem.
Moisturize with lotion everyday
Moisturize more than once a day. Petroleum jelly is a good option and if that doesn’t help you, you may need to use some expensive products that contain ceramides. Always use moisturizers that are bland, fragrance free with more of oil content in them. The more oil a moisturizer contains the more effectively it can treat your skin condition and protect from loss of moisture.
Moisturize with Oil treatment
It is important to note that eczema is a condition caused due to the skin not producing enough oil to retain moisture, so you can alleviate your symptoms by using oils. Understandably, it is beneficial to use these emollients as they contain properties that soothe and reduce the aggravation or itchiness. Some of the oils you can use are olive oil, almond oil or coconut oil.
What to Avoid
Do not use perfumes, soaps, moisturizers that have strong fragrances or chemicals that tend to irritate the skin. You may also need to see an allergist for Atopic Dermatitis.
Winter is a harsh climate, and eczema skin is prone to irritation and itchiness during this time. The best one can do is to treat the skin with love and care, protect it and keep it moisturized, clean and itch free.