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What to Do If You Have Eczema

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Do you experience an itching patch on your elbow or behind your knees? Does your skin appear dry and cracking? Well, you have eczema and don’t worry because eczema is known to be one of the most common forms of skin condition that affects 10-20% of children and 1-3% of adults. If you happen to have one of the many forms of eczema, then this is for you!

Here are ways for you improve your condition and what you should do if you have eczema:

1.     Drink plenty of water

Eczema is usually prior to having a dry skin base so, it is important to stay hydrated to keep your skin healthy and radiant. This will also alleviate itchiness and keep your body naturally moisturized – preventing any eczema flare ups from scratching. So, drink plenty of good ol’ water! Juices and the like are all right but too much sugar can dehydrate you too.

 2.     Moisturize heavily

As aforementioned, eczema stems from having dry skin so other than keeping your body hydrated from the inside it is equally as important to keep your skin moisturized topically as the skin can absorb it immediately and directly. So, for people with eczema, it is advisable to moisturize with medical moisturizers that are gentle and effective for eczema without the irritants from scented moisturizers and apply it as often as 3 times a day preferably after a good shower.

 3.     Watch the temperature

Eczema skin is rather sensitive to the temperature of your surroundings, depending heavily on the humidity of the room. The more humid the room, the more likely your eczema will flare up; so, it is advisable to invest in a dehumidifier or simply control the temperature of the room. Also, it is important to shower with room temperature water and not hot water as this will also contribute in flaring up your eczema although a treat once in a while is all right. So be wary of your surroundings and find out what is best for you and your skin!

4.     Find out your food triggers

Food is largely involved in the flaring of eczema and allergies and largely influences the condition of our skin. It is important for you to know what sort of food your body reacts to so that you can refrain from consumption as well as saving yourself the trouble of having an eczema reaction to it. Foods like nuts, seeds and eggs are the common types of food that causes allergic reaction but it may defer from individuals. So, it is good to be aware of it even if it takes a couple of trial and errors!

If you have eczema, don’t fret! Chances are majority of the people around you have it too so you are certainly not alone. Follow these few steps fervently and see improvement in your skin condition!

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