5 Ways to Treat Severe Eczema Symptoms
1. Avoid hot showers and baths
Most people know all too well how comforting a hot shower is after a long day, even in the summertime. Well for people afflicted with eczema who are trying to lessen the severity of their symptoms, this is something you may want to try. A common eczema symptom is dry, itchy skin. Skin that is abnormal due to eczema has a tendency to poorly retain moisture. If a person with eczema is taking hot showers or baths everyday they are most likely not doing their skin any good. Now this is not to say that cold or lukewarm showers every day will make the dryness go away completely away, but one will definitely see a difference in their skin within 2-4 weeks.
2. Avoid highly acidic foods.
A healthy, balanced diet is normally what the average person strives for, but for people living with eczema, their diet may need a little tweaking. Highly acidic foods can further irritate the skin, causing it to change pigment and inflame. Now clearly there are countless acidic foods that people eat everyday such as fowl, many fruits, and some dairy products. The best solution would be to sit down with your dermatologist and construct a diet plan that works just for you. Offhand I can say I noticed a difference in my skin immediately when I reduced my intake of orange juice, red meat, sea foods such as fish and shrimp, and aged cheeses.
3. Use Natural substances more than chemical solutions
When reviewing health and beauty products marketed towards consumers with dermatological illnesses, one may often see ingredients like Aloe Vera or petroleum jelly. These ingredients are greatly known for soothing the skin or healing rashes, but when mixed in with other various topical supplements, oils, and perfumes, their effect is abridged. Steroids like Prednisone and Clobetasol are only temporary cures for eczema. Long term use of steroids can lead to thinning of the skin, stretch marks, and possible respiratory issues. Here is a helpful hint: after each bath apply petroleum jelly (Vaseline), natural Aloe Vera (transparent fluid), or natural shea/cocoa butter extracts generously to the skin. Even using a combination of the three is fine. You will notice a change in the texture of your skin.
4. Take care of seasonal allergies
Doctors have a common saying that nasal allergies, asthma, and eczema “all run in the same family.” If you maintain the symptoms of your nasal allergies and asthma, your eczema symptoms may be a little better; especially during pollen season in the spring.
5. Do not worry so much about body hair
Folliculitis, or inflammation of the hair follicles, is a “distant friend” of eczema. Eczema related rashes often inflame follicles or make it difficult for body hair to grow properly. When a person with eczema is shaving or using hair removal creams on a regular basis, they may be damaging the skin more and opening the door to other skin problems. After folliculitis is acquired, open wounds or lesions in the skin that are invisible to the naked eye could appear. This leaves the skin vulnerable to bacteria. A popular infection people with eczema sometimes develop is Staph. Some forms of bacteria that cause Staph infections are benign, while there are others that are hard or impossible to cure. Staph infections are usually bumps and pustules that appear within or near the area where the follicles were shaved. For people with severe eczema, the best option for maintaining hair growth may be to let the bear out of the cage.