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Eczema health centre

Things you can do to help

BMJ Group Medical Reference

There are certain things you can do that will help your skin or your child's skin to heal and stay in good condition. This should help prevent eczema from flaring up.

Not many of these ideas have been tested in studies. But we wanted to mention them because some people have found them useful. You may wish to try them to see if they help you. [20] [11]

  • Protect yourself against things that trigger eczema. When you are doing housework, watch out for substances that may make your eczema flare up. Wear gloves before touching something that you think may make eczema worse. To learn more, see Things that can trigger eczema.

  • Avoid clothes made out of rough fabrics. Rough textiles can make eczema itch more.

  • Try to avoid getting too hot and sweaty. The sweat can make your skin more itchy.

  • Keep central heating low.

  • Keep your or your child's bedroom cool.

  • Don't wash with soap. Use a soap substitute such as Sebamed instead.

  • Avoid hot baths. Long warm or even cool baths seem to be better than hot baths and showers.

  • Use make-up with caution.

  • If your child has eczema, keep their nails short to discourage scratching. For babies you can get anti-scratch mittens.

Use plenty of moisturiser every day. This is especially important after a bath or shower. Doctors call moisturisers 'emollients'.

  • Choose plain moisturisers without any fragrance or added ingredients.

  • Greasy moisturisers, such as Vaseline, may be a little better than creamy ones.

  • Take extra care in winter and in dry climates. You might need to use moisturiser quite often.

  • Keep using a moisturiser even after your, or your child's, skin has healed.

Citations

For references related to Eczema click here.
Last Updated: September 04, 2013
This information does not replace medical advice.  If you are concerned you might have a medical problem please ask your Boots pharmacy team in your local Boots store, or see your doctor.

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