Eczema – Chronic, Itchy and Irritating

Eczema is a chronic inflammatory skin condition most common in children but also prevalent in adults.  The skin becomes dry, red and inflamed however the most irritating symptom of all is the uncontrollable itch that accompanies the rash.

Keeping the skin well moisturized using perfume and preservative free moisturizers that have been designed for sensitive skin will help.  The condition may worsen when the skin is exposed to certain elements including dust mite, climate changes and certain foods.  However the triggering factor will vary from person to person making the condition difficult to treat.

To best control the condition you should avoid using soaps on the face and never wash with hot water as this will aggravate the condition.  Avoid make up as much as possible but if it must be worn use products that are designed for sensitive skin and ensure it is washed off at the end of the day and a moisturizer is applied.

Use an emollient that has been designed to control eczema and its symptoms.  These can often be bought as an over the counter product.  If the condition persists and is resistant to the methods you are using you may need to try an alternate treatment or consult a doctor who will prescribe you a stronger cream.

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