Coping with the itching, redness, and inflammation of a severe eczema flare-up can be extremely frustrating. If you’re experiencing a bad flare-up, there are several effective ways you can help minimize your eczema symptoms to find relief.
Stay Diligent About Moisturizing
Frequently and generously applying heavier, intensive moisturizing creams and ointments multiple times a day helps repair and strengthen the damaged skin barrier that contributes to itching and inflammation. Opt for daily use of richer moisturizers that contain ceramides, colloidal oatmeal, or petroleum jelly to help skin better retain moisture. Ask your dermatologist for their recommended daily and nighttime medicated moisturizing products.
Take Only Quick, Lukewarm Showers
Long, hot showers unfortunately further dry out sensitive eczema-prone skin. Limit showers to five to 10 minutes max with lukewarm water rather than hot. Avoid harsh scrubbing and use gentler cleansers. After bathing, immediately apply your medicated moisturizing creams generously while your skin is still damp to seal in moisture. It may be best to avoid baths altogether during a severe flare-up.
Watch Closely for Irritants and Triggers
Be very aware of known eczema triggers like harsh soaps, scratchy fabrics like wool, cigarette smoke, high-stress levels, and humidity or temperature changes that could worsen your symptoms. Stick to wearing soft, breathable fabrics like cotton. Use gloves when washing dishes or cleaning around the house. If avoidable environmental triggers seem to be exacerbating your flare-up, consult your doctor for advice or consider telehealth services for additional guidance.
Stay Properly Hydrated With Water
Keeping your skin hydrated from the inside out by drinking plenty of water daily helps reduce excessive flaking and irritation. Herbal teas are another good option for hydration. Avoid excess caffeine or alcohol, which can promote dehydration and dryness.
With some thoughtful lifestyle modifications and smart skincare habits, eczema flare-ups don’t have to completely control your daily life. But be sure to check with your healthcare provider or telehealth services for any additional tips on reducing uncomfortable itching and inflammation when experiencing a flare-up.
According to Very Well Health, about 30% of Americans will experience contact eczema at some point in their lives. If you’re currently having a flare-up or are struggling to determine if your rash is eczema, our telehealth services can help diagnose your rash and provide you with treatments to help reduce itching and inflammation. Give MedGem a call today to schedule your appointment.