Eczema causes redness, itch, dryness and inflammation of the skin. Find out what could be triggering your eczema and how to manage them.
Dry skin may lead to eczema flare-ups. This may be caused by too much dry air in cold weather or prolonged exposure to water. To protect your skin, apply a skin moisturizer at least twice a day and after bathing or swimming. Stay cool and drink plenty of fluids.
Certain foods can worsen eczema. These include sugar, refined carbohydrates, gluten, red meats, dairy and foods that you are allergic to. Monitor the foods that cause your eczema flare-ups and remove them from your diet. Consult with your doctor about these triggers; you may need to undergo tests.
Irritants. There are a lot of substances that can irritate your skin. These include the products you use every day. It can be your soap, shampoo, perfume, shower gel or laundry detergent. If your eczema seem to worsen after use of any product, switch to fragrance-free hypoallergenic products.
Stress can trigger eczema. Some people’s eczema symptoms get worse when they’re feeling stressed. Others may just become stressed just by knowing they have eczema, causing flare-ups. Exercise is an effective way to combat stress and anxiety but avoid heavy workouts that can lead to sweating and itchy skin. Get plenty of rest and sleep. Try taking a warm bath before bed to ease the itch and induce sleepiness. On mornings, make it a daily habit to walk around or find an activity that could redirect your focus from negative overthinking. Pick up a hobby that eases or relaxes your mind.