If your eczema flares up, there are several things you can do to help manage the symptoms:
- Moisturize regularly: Use a thick, fragrance-free moisturizer to help keep your skin hydrated and reduce itching.
- Avoid irritants: Identify and avoid anything that seems to make your eczema worse, such as certain fabrics, soaps, or detergents.
- Take short, lukewarm baths: Soaking in a bath can help hydrate your skin, but avoid hot water and prolonged soaking, which can dry out your skin.
- Apply medicated creams or ointments: Over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream can help reduce itching and inflammation.
- Keep your nails short: Scratching can cause further damage and infection to the skin, keeping your nails short can help you resist the urge to scratch.
- Avoid scratching: Scratching can cause further damage and infection to the skin, so try to avoid scratching as much as possible.
- See a dermatologist: If your eczema is severe or not responding to over-the-counter treatments, consider seeing a dermatologist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.
It’s also important to keep in mind that eczema is a chronic condition and flare-ups can be triggered by a variety of factors, such as stress, changes in temperature or humidity, and certain foods. Identifying and avoiding your personal triggers can help prevent future flare-ups.