When you or your child suffers from eczema, the amount of information that you receive can be overwhelming. Products, studies, and guidelines about eczema can easily cause information-overload. Here is a quick and handy eczema checklist for the basics of eczema management. As we enter the New Year, this list is a great reference to ensure that you’re doing everything you can to manage your eczema and keep flare-ups to a minimum.
- Moisturize your skin several times daily.
- Moisturize damp skin after bathing. We recommend Vaniply eczema ointment as do most allergists and dermatologists in the U.S.
- Keep moisturizer in convenient locations: bathroom, kitchen sink, nightstand, desk, near front door, in purse/bag, diaper bag, child's backpack, at the nurse's office at your child's school, in your child's sports bag, on your child's nightstand, etc.
- Shower or bathe nightly and apply emollient or moisturizer such as Vaniply immediately while skin is still damp. Wear eczema clothing over emollient or moisturizer to stop itching and keep moisturizer/emollients on the skin. These eczema garments are designed to be worn at bedtime or under regular clothing during the day.
- Take lukewarm baths or showers. Hot water strips natural oils from skin.
- Use mild or non-soap cleanser from the National Eczema Association's Seal of Acceptance list.
- Pat skin dry with a soft towel and avoid rubbing.
- Choose Tencel® as your fabric of choice followed by 100% cotton as a second choice. Tencel® is anti-itch and extremely soothing for eczema sufferers.
- Avoid tight clothing and rough, scratchy fibers such as wool or synthetic clothing that is not breathable.
- Rub, don't scratch, your eczema. Ice or a cool eczema wrap can stop itching. Dip the eczema wrap in cool water and slip onto arms or legs.
- Keep fingernails short and clean to avoid damage from scratching itchy eczema.
- Drink plenty of water to help skin stay hydrated from the inside.
- Avoid sweating. If you do sweat, rinse off as soon as possible to avoid sweat drying on your skin. Moisturize immediately afterward. Salt in sweat is an eczema trigger.
- Avoid eczema-irritating swings in temperature.
- Avoid perfume in any form, including soaps, detergents, cleansers, moisturizers, etc.
- Learn your eczema triggers and avoid them: dust or dust mites, mold, pollen, food allergies, pet dander, chemicals, fragrances, dry air, humidity, sweat, etc.
- Use a humidifier, especially in dry or cold weather.
- Wear appropriate gloves in a variety of situations: winter gloves outdoors, non-latex, waterproof disposable gloves for washing dishes, doing laundry, cleaning, etc. and Eczema Treatment Gloves over Vaniply at bedtime.
Following the basic eczema tips outlined in this checklist will provide the best possible chance to minimize eczema and avoid eczema flare-ups. Creating good eczema management habits, making these tips part of your daily routine, sets you up for the best possible skin in 2019!
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.