[toc]Eczema or Atopic Dermatitis is a skin condition that is characterized by severe itching, irritation and water oozing out of the skin. You need to consult a physician immediately if you notice any such symptoms. It can spread by contact so the affected person needs to be treated as soon as possible.
The problem with eczema is that you can keep the symptoms to a minimum using some simple home treatments, but the infection will only go away after a dose of antibiotics. Here are some natural methods you can follow to reduce eczema symptoms:
7 Home Remedies For Eczema
Avoid Triggering Factors
Every condition has a trigger factor which means that there are certain factors which increase the inflammation. In eczema, it is usually temperature variations, stress or sweating. Try to avoid going out in the sun frequently and avoid touching things like rugs, pet’s fur, or wool products that could contain allergy causing agents.
Use An Anti-Itch Cream
If your itching is getting severe, get a 1 per cent hydrocortisone cream or anti-itch cream from the market. The cream will get down your itching on a temporary basis. Try an oral antihistamine drug called as Diphenhydramine to cut down on the itching as well.
Make a note that the itching will be reduced only until the effect of these drugs last. You can get these drugs at a local pharmacy shop without a prescription as well.
When you itch, you bruise the skin even more leading to more oozing of liquid. Avoid itching as much as you can and wear gloves at night to avoid scratching in your sleep. Keep your nails trimmed as much as possible. Itching can also leave scars that are usually permanent.
Use Mild Agents
Use a mild soap when you bathe. Also, stick to a mild detergent when you wash your clothes. Agents like detergent and soap can cause certain allergic reactions and increase your inflammation so it is best if you stick to the ones which have minimum chemical content.
Use oil or a good quality moisturizer when your skin is still damp from bathing. Dry skin might aggravate your condition and result in more itching. Pay attention to the skin of your arms, legs and back mostly because these are the places where the infection rapidly develops.
Wear Comfortable Clothing
Wear clothes that are loose fitting and avoid woolen clothes. Tight and wool clothes may cause irritation and sweating. If your skin is constantly irritated by what you wear, your itching might be worse so it is best to stick to cotton clothing.
Cover the affected area with bandages that are immersed in cold water. Sweating will be prevented by the coolness of the bandage and you won’t even feel itchy. Eczema is to be nipped at the bud. You should not allow it to aggravate or spread to other places of your body. If you keep these few things in mind, you can easily tackle the condition and avoid its spreading. Clean the affected area as much as possible and use only water because soap might trigger an allergic reaction.