Eczema New Year's Resolutions
The holidays of 2018 are behind us and we now stand before a shiny new 2019!
Of course, one of the big traditions that comes along with the new year are New Year’s resolutions. These are usually made the night of New Year’s, as the ball is slowly dropping in Times Square, and can be anything from the small (this year I’ll lose 5 lbs) to the unreasonably huge (this year I’ll earn $1,000,000). Either way, neither of these resolutions is likely to be kept. It has been proven that most New Year’s resolutions are abandoned and forgotten by mid-January because they just aren’t realistic. A New Year’s resolution is more of an “I wish” rather than a concrete plan to actually do something. Vague resolutions of losing weight and earning money aren’t realistic because you don’t have any kind of plan to actually achieve them. If you really want your New Year’s resolution to stick, you need to make it a concrete goal with a plan to get there. For the eczema sufferer, this is a well-known journey. We always have to think ahead, coming up with ways to avoid flare-ups or minimize any that may have occurred. Here are some ideas for your 2019 eczema New Year’s resolutions:
1) Track Down Your Triggers
Tracking down your eczema triggers can be hard, frustrating work. Yes, you could get a scratch test, but you can’t test for everything. Tracking down food-related eczema triggers can especially be a huge pain in the butt. The best way is to go on elimination diets where you stop eating common eczema triggers to see if it has any impact on your flare-ups. Slowly, over the course of a few months, you might be able to eliminate the worst triggers, greatly improving the rest of your year.
2) Try New Treatments
Sometimes, trying new therapies or treatments can be scary or annoying. There can be unexpected side-effects and disappointments if the treatments don’t work. But who knows, you might discover a treatment that changes your quality of life for the better!
3) Practice Wet Wrap Therapy
Regularly practicing wet wrap therapy can be difficult at first. It is time-consuming, and must be done every night. However, nothing can make a bigger difference in your or your eczema child’s life. The ritual goes something like this: 15-minute bath in lukewarm water, followed by a pat down with a towel. Moisturize the skin using an eczema-safe ointment or medication, then cover the skin with a slightly dampened eczema-wrap or an Eczema Rescue Suit. Put a layer of dry clothes over the wrap, and then continue to bed. The wrap will lock the moisture in your skin throughout the night, helping to heal your eczema and repair the skin barrier. It takes some time, but the results for you and your eczema child might be immeasurable.
4) Eczema-Proof Your Home
This is another time-consuming activity that can have a huge impact. The best thing about your home is that you can almost entirely control the environment, so make it the best eczema-safe space you can. Get a good quality humidifier in your bedroom to help fight the dryness in the air during the winter. Remove all caustic cleaning products and chemicals, replacing them with eczema-safe alternatives. Keep the house clean and free of dust and allergens that could exacerbate your eczema. It can be a lot of work, but the results are entirely worth it.
With these realistic and achievable resolutions in your pocket, you can make 2019 your best year for eczema yet!
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.