Dermatitis, also known as Eczema, is inflammation of the skin. Symptoms of Eczema include dry skin, with scaling, inflammation, itching and rash. Eczema is a very common inflammatory skin condition. A severe case may include cracking and bleeding of the skin. It is a skin condition that is difficult to manage and live with from day to day.
If you suspect you have it, you should first see a doctor, preferably a dermatologist, to make sure that is what you have. He may give you a steroid cream to apply topically, and/or an antihistamine to help calm the inflammatory allergic response. You should also look for the cause of your skin flaring up – a new soap or cleanser, a new used detergent to launder your clothes, very dry heated air surrounding you, stress, and a number of other things can trigger eczema.
Your doctor may prescribe a topical cortisone cream to apply regularly, and/or an antihistamine to call the allergic response.
If you have a mild case, or are prone to outbreaks of eczema from time to time, here are some tips to keep it under control and manage it at home:
- Wash and bathe as often as needed. Frequent washing can dry the skin more.
- When you wash, use warm, not hot, water. Hot water tends to dry the skin.
- Avoid laundry detergents and cleaning products known to cause inflammation of the skin.
- Use a humidifier in rooms that are heated, especially at night.
- Use natural oil based skin care products with pH around 5.5 to protect your skin’s natural barrier function.
- Avoid skin care products with acids in their formulations.
- Apply nutrient rich moisturizers while the skin is still damp after bathing.
“Avoiding dry skin may be one factor in helping prevent future bouts of dermatitis.” -The Mayo Clinic
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