Eczema is a family of skin conditions that causes the skin to become raw, inflamed, irritated, and itchy. Regardless of whether the eczema is mild, moderate, or severe, lifestyle modifications are the first line of defense in managing eczema symptoms. The following guidelines may help reduce the severity and frequency of flare-ups, and may also decrease the need for anti-inflammatory medicine.
Eczema also known as atopic dermatitis is a long-term (chronic) skin disorder. There is no cure for eczema. The goal of treatment is to manage symptoms and prevent complications. It is important to continue to follow treatment guidelines once the signs and symptoms clear to help prevent reoccurrences.
● A Therapeutic Skin Moisturizer
Eczema tends to be dry and itchy. Applying moisturizer to the affected area to keep the skin hydrated is part of an effective treatment plan. Moisturizing locks in the skin’s own moisture to prevent dryness, cracking and tearing. A therapeutic moisturizer will have emollient and occlusive properties. Emollients smooth skin by filling spaces between skin flakes with droplets of oil. Occlusives are substances the physically block transepidermal water loss in the skin layers. Maállo Therapeutic Skin Cream has been formulated for inflammatory skin conditions. In addition to anti-inflammatory properties Maállo Therapeutic Skin Cream has emollient and occlusive properties. To learn about Maállo Skin Cream click here.
● Stress Management
Stress reduction also plays a role in preventing eczema flare ups. In today’s fast-paced world, reducing stress can be challenging; however, there are ways to effectively reduce stress. The Integrative Medicine or Palliative Care dept at your local hospital can provide information about how to manage stress. Integrative Medicine and Palliative Care integrate techniques such as acupuncture, meditation & guided imagery, massage therapy, and reiki help to decrease anxiety, strengthen the immune system, reduce pain and accelerate healing.
In addition to daily therapeutic moisturizing and stress management, using the medication prescribed by a dermatologist will help to suppress, reduce the frequency and intensity of eczema flare-ups.
Although eczema/atopic dermititis is not an infection, the affected area can get infected from scratching. Contact your health care provider if the eczema symptoms get worse or the rash spreads.