While eczema can be a challenging condition, you can help make some small changes that can make a big difference.
- Keep your home environment cool to ease itching- about 18C is just right.
- Stress is a causative factor for many conditions, and it can trigger eczema flare-ups too. Try to relax and manage your stress as best you can.
- Keep dust at bay! Dust mites can trigger eczema.
- Avoid fragrances at home, as they may irritate your skin. Perfumes and smelly creams on the skin should also be avoided.
- Leave approximately 10 minutes between applying an emollient and a topical steroid, to stop the steroid spreading to areas of unaffected skin or dilution of the steroid.
- Pinch rather than scratch itchy skin, to avoid damaging the skin's barrier. Always keep nails (especially on young children) short and clean.
- Use your emollients at least twice daily to prevent dryness, and at other times whenever your skin feels dry and itchy. Warmer weather may affect skin dryness - keep well hydrated.
- Check with your healthcare professional for advice to make sure you are applying your creams correctly and managing your eczema triggers well.
- Do not cut out certain foods from your diet without medical advice. If you've been diagnosed with a food allergy, then that food can be taken out, but it's best to consult your GP or nutritionist first.
- If you feel eczema is negatively affecting your quality of life talk to someone like a family member, trusted friend, your GP or visit www.eczema.org
For more advice on managing your eczema call the National Eczema Society Helpline on 0800 089 1122 (8 am-8 pm, Monday-to-Friday) or email your questions to email@example.com