People only just learning that they have eczema can end up having a lot of questions. It makes perfect sense given how frustrating and vague the skin condition can be of its causes. Oftentimes, it is just another one of those “Why me?” things that happen in life. All you can do is adapt. Learning how to is the big task when it comes to eczema. The varied triggers, treatments, and other issues surrounding it make avoiding flare-ups or easing them a difficult topic. It is even more difficult if no one can give you an idea of what to do. That’s why we’ve put together a quick guide for anyone starting to experience eczema or who things they may have it. There may be no complete answers when it comes to the skin condition, but there are enough to cobble together a way to keep your skin happy and healthy regardless of the condition’s effects.
What Is It?
This is a complicated question that is a lot harder to answer than most people think. Eczema isn’t a single skin condition. It is a catch-all term for skin inflammation that isn’t otherwise presenting the signs of a major known skin disease. In many ways, it is a simple medical diagnosis for that very reason, but it is a frustrating one as well. Doctors have to build a treatment based on the apparent symptoms of the individual case. That can mean there is a degree of trial and error involved in its treatment as different approaches are tried. Further complicating this is that it can be caused by a number of sources ranging from contact with an allergen, contact with a compound that isn’t friendly to the skin, genetic issues, or no apparent cause at all. Narrowing what might have caused the eczema is the first step towards properly treating it though. Figuring that out will help you know what to avoid in the future to minimize the chances of the problem happening again.
How Do I Minimize Flare-Ups?
Eczema caused by an unknown problem or due to genetics are the more frustrating manifestations of the condition. All one can do then is try avoiding all potential triggers for eczema to give your body less of a chance to react to the unknown triggers. A good first step is minimizing contact with any potential irritants. That means making sure you’re showering with lukewarm to warm water instead of hot water, avoiding rough fabrics, and favoring gentle skincare products. This will minimize the amount of stress put on your skin at any given time and mean there are fewer problems. Consider evaluating events in your life as well. Some people experience flare-ups when they aren’t managing their stress as well as they could. The state of your mind does link to the rest of your body. Lastly, try to identify any common threads with your flare ups ranging from activities to meals. These could point you to an allergen.
How Can I Treat Eczema?
Treatment obviously isn’t the most straightforward affair when dealing with less obvious forms of eczema, but you can work against this by going to a dermatologist. They can help narrow down potential risk factors when it comes to eczema and put you on the right path to getting the condition under control. That doesn’t necessarily help any of us dealing with it right now and looking for a solution though. The truth is that keeping your skin properly moisturized can go a long way towards giving you a good way to manage eczema while waiting for a more targeted treatment. This will help reduce the most common symptoms of eczema as well as helping the skin to be a bit more resilient. It will buy you the time you need to figure out how you’ll need to approach the condition in the future while minimizing your discomfort. Remember to apply moisturizer after a bath or shower to have the greatest effect.
Eczema is a frustrating experience. All most of us want is a kind of personal assurance that taking care of our skin will keep it looking happy and healthy, but the condition can get in the way of that. Learning its rules may take a bit, but once you know them you’ll be able to properly care for your eczema-prone skin and minimize future flare-ups. The combination of reclaiming your skin and knowing what to do in the future will leave you looking better and feeling more confident for the future.