If you have ever suffered with eczema, you already know that you will do almost anything to stop the itch. Although it is a chronic condition and your dermatologist is doing all he can to help you, there are other things you can do to prevent an outbreak from happening to begin with. From adding veggies to your diet to taking showers, read on below for a few of the top tips out there to help you prevent your next outbreak.
Reduce Your Triggers
According to Dr. Chris Crawford, reducing the triggers that you know cause your eczema outbreaks can be a huge help in preventing one from occurring. The first step is to identify which ones cause your outbreaks. Triggers often include certain foods, pet dander, molds, dust mites, and even pollen. Once you have figured out what your triggers are, do your best to avoid those things. This will help prevent and control your next outbreak.
Take Many Showers
Contrary to what you might have been told, taking showers will not cause an eczema outbreak. As a matter of fact, showering helps to hydrate and moisturize your skin. Remember, however, that you should use lukewarm or cold water, never use hot water as this dries out your skin and could cause an outbreak. Make sure that you moisturize properly when you get out of the shower as well.
Though this bit of advice is easier said than done, it is important that you avoid scratching as much as possible. Not only is scratching useless, but it also damages your skin and cause more of an outbreak, which leads to an endless cycle.
Manage Your Stress Levels
Undue stress can cause an eczema flare up. Whether it’s meditation, yoga, physical exercise, or just curling up with a good book, use whatever method of stress relief works for you to help prevent your next outbreak.
Be Careful with Body and Hair Products
Many hair and body products have ingredients that are bad for anyone who has eczema. Instead of just lathering these products on, test a small area of your skin, if you don’t break out within 24 hours you are good to go. However, it’s still best to stay away from heavily perfumed products, just to be on the safe side.
One of the biggest contributors to an outbreak is heat. Excessive heat and super humid conditions are enemies of eczema sufferers. It’s important to keep your home cool and not to be out in the heat for too long. You can keep cool by using fresh, light cotton sheets and keeping your bedroom cool at night while you are sleeping as well.
Visit Your Dermatologist
Keeping your regularly scheduled appointments with your dermatologist and listening to his instructions to control your eczema are important as well. Your doctor does know best.
These are just a few of the top tips for preventing eczema outbreaks from occurring. As with anything else, contact your doctor before trying anything that he hasn’t prescribed for your condition, so that you can work on a treatment plan together.