My eczema causes me to itch. Many times I itch unconsciously and cannot control it. Reading numerous stories of people suffering from eczema has pressed me to identify exactly what triggers my own eczema. The 5 ways I proactively treat my eczema involve:
1. Staying Hydrated
Staying hydrated is critical to how I deal with my eczema. Drinking lots of water not only makes me feel better, but it also makes my skin feel less dry. Dehydration dries out your skin. To stay motivated to drink enough water daily, I enjoy drinking unsweetened hot and iced tea.
2. Using Lotion
Lotion helps your skin retain moisture. Using lotion immediately after I bath, regularly reduces my desire to itch. Lotion is so powerful at relieving my itch that I make sure that I keep it with me wherever I go.
3. Keeping My Nails Short
Clipping my nails weekly helps me manage the damage I do to my skin when I itch. When my nails are shorter, I have a more difficult time satisfying the itch. When I cannot adequately itch my eczema I become more aware of it and apply these steps.
4. Reducing Stress
Too much stress is terrible for our bodies. Managing my stress leads to less severe eczema flare ups. When I am stressed out, I anxiously itch. The best way for me to deal with my stress includes getting enough sleep, listening to music, questioning why I feel so stressed out and taking time to relax.
5. Identifying Any Food or Environmental Allergies
I have always had eczema. As a child, I remember placing petroleum jelly all over my hands before putting them in cotton gloves when I went to sleep. I have also always had hay fever. Many studies have shown a direct connection between having hay fever and developing eczema. In addition, I was diagnosed with my nickel food allergy in my mid twenties. Eating foods with high concentrations of nickel triggers my eczema.
Eczema is a chronic skin condition. Learning your own triggers for your eczema flare ups will allow you to develop your own coping mechanisms to better manage your eczema.