WHY DOES ECZEMA ITCH MORE AT NIGHT? Seven Simple Tips to Get Some Rest.
Is Eczema Worse at Night?
Do you have eczema? Do you feel more itchy at night? Does your eczema seem to kick in right when the sun goes down? This is not your imagination. It hardly seems fair but it has to do with your biochemistry.
The secretion of Cortisol is lowest at night. What is Cortisol? It’s the body’s natural anti-inflammatory hormone. It is highest in the morning and has the lowest levels at night.
So how do you counteract this nighttime itchiness? Don’t be discouraged – there are ways to get a good night’s rest. Below are a few simple tips for you and your child to sleep well.
Soak and Seal
This is very simple but extremely important. Take a lukewarm bath or shower and only use an eczema friendly cleanser and rinse well. If bathing, consider putting coconut oil in the warm water. After a 10-15 minute bath or shower, lightly towel off and apply an eczema emollient or coconut oil.
Sleep in Eczema Clothing
Tencel® eczema clothing is naturally itch suppressing. These specialty medical garments also keep the eczema emollients in place for maximum absorbance.
Use Wet Wrap Therapy
Wet Wrap Therapy has been advocated by doctors as an extremely effective way to calm the itch and provide better rest. Studies have found it decreases eczema symptoms by 75%. Wet wrap therapy is simple. Just soak Tencel® eczema clothing in warm water, wring out the excess water so the fabric is just damp and dress over an eczema emollient. Then apply dry cotton pajamas over the damp tencel® eczema clothing. This process infuses intense moisture into the dry, cracked eczema and also stops the itch. Individuals report their skin looking the best they have ever seen after just one night.
Consider Mattress Encasements.
Dust Mites are a major eczema trigger. If you are sensitive to dust mites, they can make you miserable at bedtime. Encase your mattress and pillows in allergy friendly bedding encasements ( http://www.missionallergy.com). Also, wash your bedding once a week in hot water, use the extra rinse cycle and use a FREE and CLEAR laundry detergent.
Take an Antihistamine at Bedtime
Talk to your doctor about taking Benadryl or an antihistamine at bedtime. This can decrease the itching while you sleep.
Consider Taking Melatonin
Studies are finding that Melatonin can really help individuals afflicted with eczema to get a better night’s rest. Always discuss dosage with your physician or your child’s physician.
Keep Pet’s Out of the Bedroom
Dogs and cats are known eczema triggers. Do not let them into your bedroom or your child’s bedroom. Vacuum often and make sure your vacuum has a HEPA filter.