Eczema is characterized by scaling, thickened patches of skin that can become red and fissured and may also appear as tiny blisters, called vesicles, that rupture, weep and crust over. The most troublesome prevalent and often constant symptom of eczema is itching.
Coconut oil may be applied to the patches containing eczema. Drinking carrot juice and spinach juice in combination is highly beneficial for eczema. Also, drink plenty of water and take fruit juices like freshly squeezed orange juice.
Beware of dry air. Eczema is aggravated by dehumidified air, especially during winter months when forced-air heat circulates in the home.
Forced-air heat is somewhat more drying than other types of heat. Since dry air tends to aggravate the itching of eczema, or dermatitis keeping indoor air moist should be a primary concern of suffers and their families. Try countering dry air with a good humidifier so that forced-air heat is not as much of a problem.
The long-held belief that people with dermatitis should avoid bathing is most likely wrong. Regular bathing reduces the chances of infection and helps soften the skin. Take an oatmeal bath. Pour two cups of oatmeal into a tub of lukewarm water.
Avoid antiperspirants. Metallic salts such as aluminum chloride, aluminum sulphate and zirconium chlorohydrate are the active ingredients in many antiperspirants. These have been known to cause irritation in people with sensitive skin. Usually it’s the antiperspirant as opposed to the deodorant that’s irritating.
Regular soap does not need to be avoided in your bath as long as an oil moisturizer is applied after its use to keep the skin from drying out. Try extra virgin, coconut and soy butter oils.
Cold, wet dressings can help soothe and relieve the itching associated with contact dermatitis. I tell people to try cold milk or cream instead of water. It seems to be a lot more soothing.
Wash once, rinse twice. This is the formula for doing laundry for people with eczema or dermatitis because you’ve got to make sure the detergent is washed out thoroughly. Don’t over-detergent your clothes when washing and always use a second rinse cycle to get out all the soap.
Avoid quick changes in air temperature. If you have eczema, rapid temperature changes like going from a warm room out into cold winter air, or even from an air-conditioned room to a hot shower can trigger itching. Wear layers of cotton clothing to protect yourself. Also people with eczema should always avoid hot baths or showers. A little forethought can help cut down on this type of itch trigger.