Best Way to Prevent Eczema Flare Ups
Picture this: you’re happily gazing at an almost healed patch of skin. It’s just a little pink but is well on its way to being better. Then you notice… another flare up on another part of the body. Is there anything worse? Unfortunately, this is the life of an eczema sufferer. You may think that everything is going great, but suddenly it comes back and worse than ever. Whether it’s happening to you or happening to your child, it can be incredibly stressful. Although there isn’t yet a way to completely eliminate flare ups, there are ways to “cut them off at the pass.” Different things work for different people, depending on what your triggers are.
Try some of these tips and see if they help minimize the frequency of flare ups:
Moisturizing can take many forms, depending on how bad the case of eczema. For some, simply using a scent free moisturizer can help ward off a flare up. For others with more severe eczema, wet wrap therapy might be necessary to help prevent and manage flare ups. Whatever you do, make sure that you use unscented moisturizer or ointment that is confirmed to be eczema safe. If you use a moisturizer with a scent or irritating ingredients, this could make your flare up worse.
Know Your Triggers
For many people, eczema is associated with coming into contact with some kind of an irritant and allergen. For example, there could be a particular kind of food that could trigger a flare up. Or washing with a harsh, scented soap might cause yet another bout of eczema. It can be a huge pain to figure out exactly what your, or your child’s, triggers are, but the payoff can be worth it. Going to the doctor’s office for eczema patch testing could help narrow down that field considerably.
Temperature & Humidity
Not unlike Goldilocks, the skin of eczema suffers doesn’t like it too hot or too cold. It has to be just right. Extremes of temperature can irritate the skin and cause flare ups. As you’re in control of your own environment, experiment to figure out the best temperature for your skin and your comfort. Make sure the air isn’t too dry, there needs to be some moisture in the air or your skin can dry out.
Stress and eczema can be a vicious cycle. Stress can actually cause a flare up, which causes stress, which causes flare ups… It’s easy to say, “don’t be stressed”, but it’s never that easy. You can look into breathing exercises, calming workouts like yoga, maybe even talk to your doctor. If you do get a flare up, try not to worry about it. Moisturize and follow your usual eczema routine and it will pass soon enough.
Clothes make the man. Makes him itchy, that is. Consider that your clothes are rubbing against your skin for around 12 hours a day. If they are made from a scratchy material, that could easily irritate your skin and trigger a flare up. Look for clothes made from soft fabric that breathes, to help prevent sweating. Make sure that you’re using an eczema safe laundry detergent, as even soft fabrics can irritate if covered in chemicals. For children, you may want to look into buying an eczema rescue suit. These suits are made from a natural fiber known as Tencel®. Incredibly soft, it’s perfect for a child with eczema. The fabric has natural anti-itching properties and remains soft even when wet, which means it’s perfect for wet wrap therapy. A rescue suit can be a huge help in preventing flare ups before they even happen.