Stop eczema itching

One of the hardest things to do when you have eczema is to stop scratching at your skin, especially if you are an infant! This simple yet effective guide will explain a number of simple ways to reduce, and in my case, completely stop the itching.
Child Eczema

  Hygiene - good hygiene is imperative when fighting eczema as the skin condition can be worsened by bacteria. There is no point fighting eczema if your hygiene is not sound. This can be particularly difficult when dealing with infants as they have a tendency to touch, and taste, anything in their path!

I personally use and recommended an anti-bacterial hand gel, used in hospitals by nurses and doctors. You apply this gel to your hands and it kills 99.9% of all common bacteria's. There is no hand washing, no drying. It is like a moisturiser, but kills bacteria as soon as it is applied. This is very practical when dealing with an infant as there is no mess and can be applied by just rubbing it on their hands.

Anti-bacterial hand gel can be purchased at your local pharmacy/drug store without prescription.

  Moisturise - this is a keyword when treating eczema. Keeping your skin moist will reduce the redness, swelling and most importantly, the itching. However, no ordinary moisturising product will do, you must use quality goods that are thick and unfragranced.

mother and son moisturizing
Mother and son moisturizing

I personally use Diprobase, which is only available on prescription from your doctor. Diprobase is very thick and works well. Diprobase is an emollient, specifically targeted at eczema and dermatitis. It is an occlusive emollient, meaning that it restores the layer of oil on the surface of the skin to slow water loss.

  Your body - There are certain things you can do to help reduce your eczema, including keeping your body cool (heat worsens eczema) and also avoiding fragranced products, such as soap.

Using non-fragranced products and products with "sensitive" on the label will not irritate your skin. However, the ingredients in fragranced soap and e.g. regular deodorant may cause skin irritation.

  Food products - Many say dairy products (anything with regular milk in it) can contribute to your eczema. I consulted my local doctor on this and he informed me that the problem can be caused at a young age.

Sometimes mother's tend to feed their babies cow's milk before their bodies are ready for it, thus causing a reaction (eczema). One theory is that feeding your baby breast milk for longer will allow their body time to become stronger and thus be able to cope with digesting cow's milk.

  Body products - mentioned above, avoid using fragranced/scented products. There are plenty of other products you can use! One other product that can irritate the skin is the soap powder you use to wash your clothes. I personally use "NON-Biological" as it does not contain the enzymes "Biological" does. This has rapidly helped reduce the irritation of my eczema.

  Allergens - . In some cases, eczema is thought to be an allergic reaction to environmental products. You may find, for example, that the eczema on your hands is aggravated by grooming your pet. Some people with resistant eczema find it helpful to reduce exposure to a wide range of known allergens including, dust mites, moulds, grass pollens and animal fur/shed skin

Things to remember.

Eczema is a condition that can be worsened by hygiene, lack of moisture and the products you eat and use. Eczema can be helped by using the right products, most of which you will find through trial and error.

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