Tips to reduce the frequency of Eczema flare-ups
SKIN CARE TIPS
If you are prone to allergies, patch test all skin care products on a small area of unaffected skin first.
For best results, apply a thick moisturiser at least twice a day. This prevents dryness.
Keep fingernails short and smooth. This decreases the likelihood that scatching will puncture the skin.
Keep temperature and humidity levels comfortable. Avoid situations in which the air is extremely dry, or where you may sweat and overheat. This is the most common trigger of the itch/scratch cycle. Use a room humidifier.
Dress in 100 per cent cotton clothing to reduce sweating, which can be and irritant. Avoid wool and other coarse or rough-textured clothing or blankets.
If night-time itching is a problem, use a cold, damp washcloth to soothe your skin, followed by a deep moisturiser. The itching is caused by extremely dry skin.
Good skin care is a key part of gaining control of your eczema.
Bathe in warm (not hot) water.
Limit time in the bath or shower to 5 or 10 minutes.
Use only a very mild and fragrance-free cleanser when needed. Do not use bubble bath as it can be over-drying to the skin.
After bathing, gently pat skin partially dry, then apply a thick protective moisturiser.
CLOTHES WASHING TIPS
Use a hypoallergenic laundry detergent made for sensitive skin. Scented fabric softener may contribute to irritation.
Use only the recommended amount of laundry detergent.
Use enough water for adequate rinsing of clothes.
Wash new clothes before wearing. This will remove excess dyes and fabric finishers, which can irritate the skin.
Remove any clothing tags to avoid irritating the skin.
If allergic to dust or dustmites, use protective coverings for pillows and mattresses and wash bedclothes frequently in hot water.