2017 has been a great year for advances in eczema treatment. The new drugs available to treat severe and chronic eczema have given new hope to many. This type of treatment can be expensive and not intended for all eczema. Whether eczema drugs are needed or not, a simple, easy to follow skin care routine is essential for maintaining a healthy skin barrier. Here are ten drug free ways to help soothe eczema.
- Stock up on skin care products. Look for gentle cleansers and moisturizers or emollients and keep them in convenient places. Fill some travel size bottles to keep on hand so you won't be without your favorites on a work or vacation trip.
- Practice damp skin moisturizing. Damp skin moisturizing really helps to seal in moisture, so after bathing gently towel excess moisture off and then apply your favorite moisturizer or emollient.
- Try Wet Wrap Therapy. Wet wrapping can be easy with the right tools. Relieve itchy skin, seal in moisture and protect skin from scratching.
- Wear soft, breathable clothing. Dressing in layers of soft, breathable clothing can help to prevent overheating when it’s cold outside and warm inside. For children we carry the Wrap-E-Soothe tops and pants and for adults, look for shirts made with organic cotton, Modal or TENCEL®.
- Take a bath. Apple cider vinegar baths, bleach baths and oatmeal baths have been touted for relieving eczema.
- Sleep on a cooling mattress. There are many new mattresses on the market that claim to keep your body heat regulated at night. Keeping skin at an optimum temperature at night may prevent skin from getting hot and itchy.
- Sleep with the right bedding. Sheets made of lightweight and breathable materials such as 100% organic cotton, linen, bamboo or TENCEL®.
- Use a humidifier in the bedroom. A simple idea but it can make all the difference to dry skin and dry nasal passages during winter.
- Drink lots of water. Another simple idea but many forget to keep hydrated and dehydration can have a negative effect on skin.
Don't forget that socializing can be helpful too. According to the The National Eczema Association almost a third of people with eczema suffer from depression and anxiety. Spending time with friends and family may prevent depression and anxiety and distract from itchy skin.
Please remember information on our blog is not designed or meant to replace a physician’s advice. Always consult your doctor about your medical conditions. AD RescueWear does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.