Many people have heard of the word eczema but may not be sure of exactly what it is. For sufferers of the condition however, eczema can mean a great deal of discomfort and upset. Eczema is an itching and inflammation of the skin which is accompanied by thickened and dry skin, specifically in the areas of itching and where you may scratch.
The skin in general is likely to be dry and flaky and possibly sensitive. There will also likely be blisters or lumps in the eczema affected areas. If you are really unlucky then there can also be crusting and weeping of the affected areas of the skin. You obviously don’t want to live life like this, but how can you stop eczema in its tracks?
Who Gets Eczema?
This really is an incredibly common condition, in fact it becoming more and more widespread as the years go past. Why is this? The common consensus amongst those in the know is that there is a connection here to allergen exposure. Allergic to dust mites? You are a prime candidate for having eczema I’m afraid. Get sneeze in the summer?
Again, this is unfortunately likely to make you much more likely to contract eczema so they say. If you work with chemicals then be sure to check the side effects out as this is yet again a potentially contributing factor. In fact there has been a recorded increase of such a huge percentage of the population being eczema sufferers over the past 30 years that the condition is no big mystery nowadays.
How to Control Eczema
Ok, so we know what it is. We know why we might get it. But how on earth do we control it? If you speak to any sufferer of the condition then everyone has their own hints and tips to stop the condition from spreading. In fact just a quick internet search will bring you all manner of “interesting” remedies! Before you reach for the eye of toad and wing of bat – stop! Have a chat to your doctor; there are so many different types of topical preparations which can help you. From creams to lotions to really in depth emollients. Listen to what your doctor tells you.
There are also many common sense ways in which to control the condition:
- Stop putting all of those chemical laden lotions, potions and aftershave balms all over the affected areas.Working too hard and too late? Sometimes we all do but it is no good at all for your skin!
- Keep a note of anything you have done which you notice has kick started a flare up and stop doing it!
- Note any diet change which has affected your skin.
- Take fish oils, zinc and vitamins to help your skin from the inside out.
- Light therapy can really work well in severe cases.
- Remember the more you worry, the worse things can get so eat well, sleep well, slather on natural products and chill!