Minimizing eczema flares and controlling it are fairly easy. You just need to know what to avoid and what prevents it. Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is an itchy inflammation of the skin that usually develops in early childhood and is more common in people who have a family history of the condition. Scratching the skin may cause it to turn red, and to swell and itch even more. Eczema is not contagious and may get better or worse overtime. However, it is a long-lasting disease and people who have it may develop hay fever and asthma. Eczema symptoms vary from person to person which include dry skin, itching that may be severe, especially at night, red to brownish-gray patches, small raised bumps, which may leak fluid and crust over when scratched and become raw, sensitive and swollen. For some people it will flare periodically and then clear up for a time or even several years.
How do you minimize the eczema flares?
Moisturizing your skin twice a day helps seal in moisture. Try to identify and avoid triggers that worsen the condition as each person is different and certain things can cause a flare up. Use only gentle soaps and deodorant, like fragrance free as fragrant soaps can cause a flare ups.
However, talking with your dermatologist about an action plan to help treat your eczema can help to control it.