Eczema, is a chronic skin condition that produces areas of red, itchy skin to appear. Eczema most often in early childhood, especially if a family history of asthma, hay fever, or food allergies. The skin doesnt retain moisture and becomes dry, then inflamed, itchy and often infected. A assortment of factors or combination’s, cause the dryness.
To treat eczema you may want to work with the doctor in identifying and reducing eczema causes in your life that trigger flare-ups. These are different for each person, so no one treatment is appropriate for all eczema patients. I recently found some really good information on eczema free. Find out the real reason for your eczema and stop it. I believe it is: http://www.eczemafreetoday.com/
You have dry skin which causes eczema problems, not because it lacks grease or oil, but because it doesnt retain water. Therefore, to remedy water is added to the skin, followed by lotion for eczema containing material to retain the water in.
Soaking the affected area, in a basin, bath, or shower, for 12-25 minutes. Using lukewarm water, can help to hydrate the skin. Do not use hot water, hot water dries out the skin. Remove any excess water by patting with a soft towel.
Eczema Bathing Tips
Avoid vigorous use of soap in cleansing. When toweling dry, do not rub the skin. Blot or pat dry so there is still some moisture left on the skin, and immediately apply a moisturizing cream (Eucerin Cream, Moisturel Cream, Cetaphil Cream). Moisturizing lotions contain some water, so they do not work as well. Use of moisturizers without first trapping in water is much less effective. Some people find that multiple applications of moisturizers during the day give additional help.
Using a eczema lotions are especially useful to treat flare-ups of eczema. They help control the inflammation and itching. Apply them just on the rash especially after a bath. Do not use topical steroid creams more than twice a day.
The A hydrocortisone creams can be used for eczema in infants and young children, or in skin folds in adults. Check with your physician More powerful topical steroids should not be used on thin-skinned areas of the face, neck, axilla, and groin. Adverse effects of long term topical steroids include thinning of the skin (atrophy), a change in the color of some skin and acne-like eruptions.
Coal Tar Based Lotions
Tars and extracts of crude coal tar are sometimes used to reduce the amount of topical steroids needed in chronic maintenance of eczema. A pharmacist can make up one to five percent LCD (Liquor carbonis detergens) into a cream .