While many know better that to scratch the itch and spread the infection to other skin areas, it can prove to be extremely difficult to resist the urge to scratch.
If you are keen on having an effective eczema treatment, it is important that you don’t only address the excessive dryness of the skin, but also alleviating the itchiness – as these two are closely related.
This article focuses on providing you tips on how to soothe itchiness and avoid scratching:
1. Keep the skin moisturized.
The primary step to soothing itchiness is to apply moisturizers in order to effectively lock in the skin’s moisture. According to studies, people who are afflicted with eczema have gaps between their skin cells that permit the allergens to penetrate. The regular application of moisturizers can fill in the gaps and prevent allergens from getting in.
For enhanced effectiveness, moisturizers should be applied within the first 3 minutes after bathing. Make sure to use hypoallergenic, unscented moisturizers in order to avoid further irritation.
2. Take bleach or oatmeal baths.
To soothe itchy skin, take a short bath using lukewarm water that is mixed with colloidal oatmeal, which can be purchased pre-packaged for a local drugstore. Carefully read and follow the instructions and only soak the body for about 15 to 20 minutes, maximum. Don’t forget to apply moisturizers after bathing, while the skin is still slightly damp.
You can also apply a simple cold compress to soothe the itchiness of the skin. Make sure to use a towel or plastic bag between the skin and the ice pack. Apply the compress for a few minutes to relieve the itch.
For children, there are wet wraps available that can help lock in moisture and soothe itchiness of the skin.
4. Wear breathable fabrics.
The choice of clothing also plays an important role in relieving itchiness of the skin. Cotton is also the recommended choice as it allows good air circulation and absorption of sweat. Loose fitting clothing is most comfortable. Avoid the use of wool, coarse and synthetic fabrics.
5. Keep your fingernails short.
Prevent skin irritation and skin damage by clipping your nails short. This is especially important if you have a child suffering from eczema. Aside from cutting the nails, you can also cover the fingers with mittens to discourage scratching especially during sleep.
Eczema treatment includes prevention techniques in order to avoid further aggravation and irritation. Avoid consumption and intake of irritants and exposure to allergens that can set off and trigger eczema attacks.