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How to Avoid Eczema Triggers

Over 31 million Americans have some form of eczema, including almost 10 million children. Also known as atopic dermatitis, this collection of skin conditions can leave you raw, red, and itchy. Typically a chronic condition, eczema usually cycles through periods of activity where it gets worse and then subsides. These cycles often coincide with exposure to triggers, factors that start and aggravate your skin irritation. Avoiding your eczema triggers can help reduce the impact of this incurable problem. 

The role of eczema triggers

Most eczema flare-ups start due to contact with irritants. Therefore, it’s essential to know what substances cause your skin inflammation. While you may know some of your triggers, you can also benefit from allergy testing to determine your particular sensitivities. Understanding what causes your eczema flare-ups allows you to take precautions to avoid them.

Proactive skincare

You can prevent the dry, itchy skin that’s common with eczema with a daily moisturizer. There are many lotions available that are approved by the National Eczema Association for calming eczema-prone skin.

Ensure that you apply moisturizers immediately after bathing, swimming, or when you spend time in the sun. Selecting products that already contain sunscreen can protect you from additional skin damage related to ultraviolet (UV) ray exposure.

Your clothes matter

Avoid heavy, scratchy fabrics that interfere with your skin’s ability to breathe. Opt for layers of soft, cotton clothing rather than heavy sweaters and other bulky items. Make sure to wash your clothing in hypoallergenic soaps and avoid perfumed fabric softeners that can further irritate your skin. Your clothes and your laundry products can each act as eczema triggers.

Reducing stress

Stress is another trigger for the outbreak of eczema-related skin issues. Stress management techniques not only make life easier to cope with, but they can also keep your eczema in check.

A daily walk can boost your overall wellness. If stress is too much to manage on your own, seek a professional’s help.

Watch for infection

It’s enough when you have to endure the pain and scaly look of your skin, but the irritation and inflammation of eczema can be a gateway for infection to enter your body. Check your skin daily for signs of infection, including additional redness, heat, or pus-filled bumps or blisters. If you suspect a skin infection, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Eczema is life-long

Since eczema can’t be cured, trigger management plays a vital role in preserving your quality of life. You don’t have to deal with eczema on your own. Choosing the experienced physicians at Chappell Rosso Dermatology is your best choice for quality skincare and help with your eczema outbreaks. 

You can book your consultation by phone or through the online appointment request tool. No matter what your skin needs, whether medical or cosmetic, the team at Chappell Rosso Dermatology is ready to help. Contact them today

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