10 Tips for Living With Eczema

4. Don’t scratch eczema patches.

Yes, eczema is itchy. But scratching can actually make you itch more. And scratching can also damage your skin and lead to an infection. Instead of scratching, find ways to help control the itch, such as cold compresses, frequent moisturizing, baths, and medications.

5. Keep sweating to a minimum to avoid eczema flare-ups.

For some people, getting overheated or sweating can cause eczema flare-ups. “For these patients, I recommend trying to shower as soon as possible after a workout,” says Cambio.

6. Wear comfortable clothes that don’t irritate skin.

Cotton and cotton blends are usually the best choices for people with eczema. Wools and synthetic fabrics, such as polyester, can irritate the skin. Washing new clothing before you wear it can also reduce irritation. Choose a liquid laundry detergent that is mild and unscented. And skip the fabric softener.

7. Watch your stress level to avoid eczema flare-ups.

You’re more likely to have a flare-up when you’re under stress. And yet, the itching and discomfort of eczema can add to stress by making you feel angry and frustrated. To break the cycle of stress, try learning stress reduction techniques such as deep breathing, yoga, biofeedback, or meditation. Getting exercise can also help reduce stress.

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