Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, is an extremely frustrating and uncomfortable skin condition that many people have to live with. It is most common in children, but it is a chronic condition that can flare up and then subside, seemingly at random.
There is no cure for eczema, but there are ways to manage it so it becomes less invasive in your life. An eczema flare-up can feel all-consuming, and getting relief as soon as possible will typically be of the highest priority. Fortunately, there are some ways you can find relief from the eczema itch—read on to learn more!
Finding Relief From Eczema Flare-Ups
Soak in a bath of diluted bleach. This may sound odd, but bleach in very diluted quantities can work to kill the skin bacteria that are often associated with eczema flare-ups. Diluting half a cup of regular strength (6%) bleach into a full bathtub of water can often provide relief, but it is good to talk with your doctor before you try it.
Use a cool compress. A cool compress can often provide much needed relief to hot, enflamed skin. A washcloth soaked in cool water, or even placed briefly in the freezer, and then applied directly to the irritated area can lead to great relief of the itching.
Take an oral antihistamine. As long as it is approved by your doctor, you can often calm eczema symptoms via an oral, over-the-counter antihistamine. Make sure you follow the directions regarding dosage and frequency on the label for best results.
Regularly apply moisturizer. Getting into the habit of moisturizing your skin regularly, even when you are not having a flare-up, can prevent new ones from starting. Dry skin often exacerbates eczema issues, so apply a mild, gentle moisturizing cream each time you shower or bathe.
Run a humidifier in your home. If your dry skin is leading to eczema flare-ups, it may be that the air in your home is simply too dry. Running a humidifier can help balance the moisture levels in the air to keep your skin better hydrated to prevent flare-ups before they can start.
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