Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition that can affect anyone but mainly affects children under 5 years of age. Its severity will vary from person to person. Some have a mild rash behind the knees that appears occasionally and is a tad itchy. Others have an intensely itchy red rash covering their entire body that weeps and causes enormous discomfort . And then there is every level in between.
Eczema is a difficult condition to control and can be very frustrating not to mention uncomfortable.
An Individual Condition
Eczema affects each individual differently and therefore everyone responds differently to treatments. There is no one treatment that will help everyone. Finding the cream that best treats your eczema is a matter of trial and error.
There are some basic things that should be observed when caring for eczema to get the best results out of any treatment and to most effectively control the condition.
First and foremost is consistency. Be consistent using your moisturisers. Be consitistent using your treating creams. Be consistent avoiding any of the triggers that you know will lead to a flare up.
A daily skin care routine needs to be developed and adhered to. Eczema causes the skin to become very dry. Applying moisturisers daily (ie Grahams Bath Oil or Sooth-It Balm) or more often if necessary will help to keep the moisture in the skin and in turn reduce flareups and the severity of the eczema.
Once you have found a treating cream (ie Calendulis Plus Cream) that works to reduce the symptoms of your eczema you also need to include this in your skin care regime. Use the cream when the eczema is present as often as the instructions on the container permit.
There are many factors that can cause eczema to flare-up such as changes in the weather, stress, certain foods, some household chemicals, just to name a few. If you are able to determine what factors trigger your eczema flareups it is important to avoid them as best you can.