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Atopic dermatitis: Ten Do’s and Don’ts on How to Irritate Your Skin Less

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In this article i would like to discuss something that sounds pretty common, that itchy dry skin that you just happen to get sometimes. could be allergies, cold weather, irritation but everyone has had it. But what if it happens to be something more? How could you possibly know? If you hadn’t guessed by now we are talking about Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis. This is when your itchy, red, rash spots that just don’t go away even after a little while. If it appears to be long lasting then it could be atopic dermatitis.

Are you at risk

The simple answer is always yes. Don’t get me wrong eczema tends to target young children, but any age group has been known to be susceptible to this condition as well, even if it just at a lower average rate. Your skin will rash up, be fine, and then before you know it it will flare up again. It is rather easy to tell if a child has, unfortunately, contracted this condition as they will have these rashes show up on their cheeks, scalp, or their arms and legs in the front. These rashes can get red and inflamed, even crusty or scaly in some cases. Both children and adults, however, can get rashes in other places especially near the crevices of the body like the backs of the knee, the neck, back of the elbows, etc. But it can occur in other places like on the face or wrists.

What causes eczema

You probably heard this a lot growing up, but if it itches then do not scratch it. Scratching an area on your body affected by eczema can cause thick and dark scarring on your skin and will be very unfortunate in the future. This problem tends to exacerbate itself during the night time when you are trying to sleep so be extra cautious during this time and do whatever you can to avoid scratching. Scarring is bad enough but developing an infection is even worse and all the more reason to leave these areas alone. If pus and bumps begin to form in these areas you need to see a doctor. So what causes eczema? Well, doctors are not sure exactly, but they have noticed that this condition may be genetic. Families are known to have this issue down the line, and can also be related to certain family members who have allergies, hay fever, or asthma according to the expert.

If a child you know has this condition there’s usually a 50% chance or so they will also develop hay fever within their lifetime.

Environmental factors

There have also been certain environmental conditions related to eczema as well such as living in a cold climate. This decrease in temperature dries out the skin and makes the condition more likely to surface due to increasing irritation to your skin. The same is true for very polluted areas, if you are able to try to avoid any areas similar to this.  Also important to note in regards to triggers is food. And don’t worry, a food allergy does not seem to have any effect on triggering an outbreak. Having eczema, however, has actually been linked to making you more likely to HAVE food allergies in the first place.

So what can you do

This is obviously something you don’t want to deal with that has no hope of relief. Thankfully you are in luck, while there is no known cure for eczema, there are things you can do to help prevent the complications associated with it or prevent many future outbreaks from occurring. Much of this will help to avoid the drying effects that are associated with bathing that can cause the skin to become irritated in the first place. Try to moisturize your skin more than once a day. Having products that can keep your skins moisture locked away where it needs to be is a key factor in mitigating issues in the future. Petroleum jelly has been known to be a very effective treatment for a baby’s skin if they have this issue.

Live happy, healthy and free

Take a shorter bath or shower and look I’m with you on this one, I love a long hot shower, but this can cause your skin to become very unhealthy and dried out ironically. Try to limit yourself to taking no more than 10-15 minutes and use gentle nonabrasive soaps to help protect your skin. You can live a happy and healthy life even with eczema, so go out there, see your doctor, and start living your best life. And as always be happy, and be healthy.

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7 thoughts on “Atopic dermatitis: Ten Do’s and Don’ts on How to Irritate Your Skin Less

  • Lincoln Murray says:

    I am a forty five year old male, that has been dealing with Atopic Dermatis for a number of years now. When I first found out that I had Atopic Dermatis, I became very scared cause I didn’t know the impact that it will have on my skin. After a couple of months of not knowing what to do, i met with my doctor and he gave me some great cream to fight the problem. Ever since I started taking the medicine, I have been able to control my atopic dermatis, and it hasn’t been an issue for me.

  • Oliver Stone says:

    Atopic dermatitis is mostly one of my periodic problems in life. It usually triggers when season’s starts to change, summer to winter or winter to summer, I always face skin rashes on my face. My self care treatments are antihistamine meds, skin moisturizer, mild soaps, bathing with warm water, breathable clothes. I also avoid getting sweat, detergents and foods that could trigger itchiness. So, basically I always have hydrating creams, moisturizing soaps and antihistamines in my everyday life.Having an Itchy skin is really annoying and decreased your self-esteem.

  • Jaxon Burke says:

    My skin wouldn’ t stop itching. Everywhere I went I found myself trying to resist the urge to scratch. People would seem to stare at me in disbelief because I couldn’t keep my nails off my skin. Flakes would appear all over my black pants or shirts. I couldn’t dress in dark colors because I would look like a dandruff mess. Finally, I went to my doctor and he gave me Eucrisa. I felt so much better able to go out in public and live a more normal life.

  • Koby Webb says:

    I use Eucerin to control the irritation left on my skin from Eczema. It helps my skin feel more smooth and helps prevent flare-ups. I really like the way it feels on my skin and makes me feel like i am in control.

  • Luca Bailey says:

    There are times when my eczema flares up and I can’t bear to go out in public. I prefer cold climates versus warm because I can choose to cover up as much as I can and not look too strange. The summers are tough because people are outside wearing tank tops and shorts and at times I am there wearing turtlenecks and sweatpants. But my doctor prescribed Eucrisa. I was sort of skeptical because I had tried other topical creams and they didn’t work but this one did and I am finally able to go out and enjoy the sun without covering head to toe.

  • Lachlan Kennedy says:

    I have been struggling with eczema throughout my life. It started in the beginning of elementary school, when I would get extreme dry skin. It would be so dry that it would start to hurt as my skin would crack. I have tried several types of creams and it does not seem to work. I would have patches on my back and neck, but now it is continually starting to flare up in different areas. Lotion and prescribed creams are my best friend, but it does not work all the time.

  • Harry Beahan says:

    Eczema is a very frustrating illness. My son has suffered with this disease since he was a small child. He gets his rash on his legs and arms. He is constantly scratching. We have tried many different soaps over the years. Now he washes his hair with aveno baby wash and washes his body with Dove bar soap. We limit showers in the winter as it makes his skin worse. We have found the most luck using triamcinolone ointment on the rash until it clears up and then covering his body in aquafor ointment daily after the flare is under control. This product is a life saver. His rash is better in the summer months. I also feel like swimming in the pool is very helpful to his rash. It starts to get really bad around December and then flares until the end of the school year. Once the pool is opened for the summer he finally gets relief.

    He sometimes will scratch the rash until it becomes excoriated. Fortunately they do not appear to be scarring. I had eczema as a child but it went away as I got older. I am hoping the same will happen to him. My daughter fortunately does not get the rash. I am not sure if there is a genetic disposition for eczema but I am hoping she does not get it. She even at an early age is very conscientious of her appearance so I do think that the rash will take more of an emotional toll on her as compared to my son as she gets older.

    Sometimes when my son is scratching it is slightly embarrassing. I see people looking at him as if he is infectious. I often make it a point to tell people before it happens that he is suffering a flare of eczema so if he starts to scratch the other parents do not have to worry that their children may catch anything infectious.

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