Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Eliminating factors that worsen eczema can help to control the symptoms.
Aggravating factors may include:
- Food allergies and sensitivities
- Heat, perspiration, dry environments
- Emotional stress or anxiety
- Rapid temperature changes
to certain chemicals or cleaning solutions, including soaps and
detergents, perfumes and cosmetics, wool or synthetic fibers, dust,
sand, and cigarette smoke.
the skin hydrated by using moisturizer to prevent skin from drying out.
The best emollients for people with atopic dermatitis are thick creams
(such as Eucerin®, Cetaphil®, and Nutraderm®). Emollients are most
effective when applied immediately after bathing. Lotions contain more
water than creams and ointments and are less effective for moisturizing
is not clear if showers or baths are better for keeping the skin
hydrated. Lukewarm baths or showers can hydrate and cool the skin,
temporarily relieving the itching of eczema. An unscented, mild soap or
nonsoap cleanser (such as Cetaphil®) should be used sparingly. Consider
using bath with oats to help alleviate irritation and itchiness. An
emollient should be applied IMMEDIATELY after bathing or showering to
prevent the skin from drying out as a result of water evaporation.
However, hot or long baths (greater than 10 to 15 minutes) and showers should be avoided since they can dry out the skin.
some cases, a dilute bleach or vinegar baths may be recommended for
people with eczema. These baths help to decrease the number of bacteria
on the skin which can cause infections or worsen symptoms. To prepare a
vinegar bath, 1 to 2 cup of vinegar is placed in a full bathtub (about
40 gallons) of water. Vinegar baths are usually taken for five to ten
minutes twice per week.
more information about alleviating eczema, please contact Dr. Lee via
email firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-319-5322. Learn more about naturopathic care at Seattle Naturopathic Center.