During the fall and winter, we see an increase in patients who are suffering from eczema. This is due to the dry and cold weather that accompanies these months. But, eczema isn’t limited to these months; it is often a year-round condition. Fortunately, the Langford Allergy doctors can create a plan for you to find relief! In addition to your eczema treatment plan, consider the following ways to prevent eczema flare-ups:
Reduce Exposure to Triggers
Eczema is often caused by certain triggers such as pet dander, mold, dust, cigarette smoke, chlorine, makeup, and more. If you know what is causing your eczema to flare, do everything you can to avoid these triggers. If you’re unsure of the cause, schedule a testing with a Langford Allergy doctor today.
Moisturize Your Skin
It’s a widespread myth that showers will cause eczema to flourish. However, it’s not true! After your shower, apply moisturizer to rehydrate your skin. Lathering your eczema-prone areas with moisturizer any time you feel the need is a great way to keep outbreaks to a minimum.
Be Mindful of Your Clothing
Many eczema sufferers express frustration that their clothes irritate their skin. This is likely due to the material and the tightness of the clothing. Avoid material such as wool, polyester, rough linen, and hemp to keep your skin from irritation. The safest clothing for eczema-sufferers to wear is clothing made from 100% cotton.
Manage Your Stress
Stress has been proven to be a direct link to eczema outbreaks. The more you can keep your stress under control, the less likely your eczema will spread. If you feel stress approaching, you can do certain activities to combat your stress such as exercising, stretching, relaxing, and sleeping.
Although the Langford Allergy doctors cannot cure your eczema, they can introduce ways to help you manage it. Many patients have found extensive relief after being prescribed one of the following eczema treatment options:
- Hydrocortisone or prescription-strength steroid cream
- Oral antihistamines
- Oral corticosteroids
- Oral immunosuppressants
- Prescription-strength moisturizers