Getting Eczema and Dry Skin under control
There are various different types of eczema, with the most common type being atopic eczema which is inherited and starts in childhood. Atopic eczema is often linked to asthma and hay fever. No matter what type of eczema the symptoms are nearly always the same and identified as causing the skin to be itchy, dry, flaky, red, broken and cracked.
Some sufferers may only have a small affected patch, yet some may suffer all over the body and this can leave the individual with unsightly sores and scarring which can affect their confidence. Luckily there are ways to manage and treat this condition effectively!
What we recommend:
1) Some sufferers have triggers to their flare up of eczema, and it is important to keep a note of these triggers. This could be anything that you have come into contact with from a cosmetic product to a food allergen to a detergent or even stress in some instances! Knowing what your triggers are can help you avoid such flare ups in the future
2) If the eczema is somewhere other than on the face, a mild steroid cream can be used short term such as Hydrocortisone (larger sizes and more potent steroids can be acquired via prescription) which can be bought over the counter and applied twice a day for no more than 7 days consecutively to suppress the inflammation (which is resulting in the skin going red, flaky, broken and cracked etc) and we would also recommend using an antihistamine tablet to relieve the need to itch.
3) In conjunction with the use of a steroid cream, we recommend using a skin hydrating moisturiser which isn’t heavily laden with perfume or ingredients that may trigger flare ups for you, and incorporating that into your daily regime
It is important to note that a visit to your doctor may be required if there is sign of infection and that steroid cream treatment should be stopped in this instance.
Signs of infection would include:
- Skin is scabby and weeping or there is pus.
- Eczema is not responding to the steroid treatment or moisturising creams and is in fact getting worse.
- Generally feeling unwell with fever, high temperature and lethargy.
Ask the Pharmacist to recommend the best products for your skin type!