Eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis), is a chronic skin condition that causes dry, itchy, scaly, red skin. It can occur in infants, children and adults, and seems more common in certain families.
The cause of eczema is not completely understood, although many environmental triggers can play a role in the frequency and severity of flare-ups and outbreaks.
Below are a few kind ways to help stay in control of eczema symptoms.
Clean skin gently.
Cleanse skin with simply warm water.
Maintain skin's moisture.
Protect skin with breathable, natural fibers like 100% cotton.
Discontinue any use of fragrances in your home including perfumes, body sprays, plug-in scents, scented candles, disinfecting sprays and air fresheners.
Choose laundry soap wisely.
Try using a fragrance free, gentle laundry soap for every load to ensure your washing machine is free from harsh scents and irritating chemicals.
Avoid fabric softeners and dryer sheets.
Often used to prevent static cling, fabric softeners and dryer sheets contain fragrance and chemicals which may irritate sensitive skin.
Avoid wool and synthetic fabrics.
Clothing made from wool and synthetic fibers can cause the skin to sweat and induce the sensation to itch.
Moisten the air around you.
Try a cool mist humidifier in your home to help add moisture to the air, especially during the night.