Top Tips for Managing Eczema
This year National Eczema Week is running from 16th until 22nd September 2019 and the National Eczema Society are urging everyone to ‘Take action on eczema’.
The charity believes many people aren’t managing their eczema as well as they could and as a little nudge they have offered some top tips in things that sufferers could do to help see some improvements!
Eczema is a highly personal condition and people respond differently to triggers and treatments. Sometimes you need to try a few things before finding what works best for you.
To Help Here are Seven Top Tips:
- Keep your home cool to ease itching – around 18°C is ideal.
- Go fragrance-free. Anything with a strong scent, from soap to air freshener, may be irritating to your skin.
- Mind the gap! Leave at least 10 minutes – or ideally longer – between applying an emollient and a topical steroid. This stops the steroid spreading to areas of skin unaffected by eczema or being diluted. It doesn’t matter which is applied first.
- Pinch itchy skin rather than scratching it, to avoid damaging the skin’s barrier.
- Use your emollients at least twice a day to prevent dryness, and at other times whenever your skin feels dry and itchy.
- Go back to basics on skincare. Check with a healthcare professional for advice to make sure you’re applying your creams properly and managing your eczema triggers as best you can.
- Don’t cut foods out of your diet without medical advice unless you or your child have been diagnosed with a food allergy. If you cut foods without support, you/they may miss out on important nutrients.
About the National Eczema Society
The National Eczema Society is the UK’s leading charity for people with eczema, providing independent information and support through its helpline, website, social media and publications. The charity also provides a voice for people with eczema, in research, in the development of new treatments, and in improving medical care. People needing help with their own or their child’s eczema can call the National Eczema Society Helpline on 0800 089 1122, Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm, or email their questions to [email protected] You can also find much more resources on the charities website, Click Here to Visit it.
Hope these tips are helpful