Having eczema is a terrible experience. It gives one discomfort in the body and lowers one’s self-esteem especially when it smells and people around get to know it.
What is Eczema?
Eczema is a skin condition in which the skin becomes itchy, patchy, rough, dry and sometimes swollen. Eczema causes itching and when scratched, the skin becomes white.
What Are The Causes of Eczema?
•Eczema sometimes occurs as a result of cream or soap reactions and it is also caused by poor personal hygiene.
•Eczema can also be caused by environmental factors such as allergens like dandruff, dust mites etc. Irritants like soap, disinfectants, shampoos, detergents etc., also trigger the breakout of eczema.
•Eczema can likewise be caused by bacteria such as staphylococcus aureus, viruses and fungi.
•Eczema can be triggered by a change in temperature. When the weather is hot, perspiration occurs more and when one sweats and leaves it unwashed in good time, then it results in eczema.
•Hormonal changes can also cause eczema, this occurs more often during pregnancy.
•Eczema can also be caused by food allergies. Food allergies are dangerous immune system reactions that occur after eating certain foods. For instance, some people have allergies to nuts, whenever they eat nuts, they either experience body itching, eczema, swollen body parts or even a bloated stomach.
How to Treat Eczema
Have you been battling eczema for years? Has it been disturbing you to the extent of you losing your self-esteem? Have people been covering up their noses just because they are perceiving unpleasant odor from you? Are you tired of wearing three or more perfumes just to bury the unpleasant odor from your body? Worry no more, the following simple steps when taken seriously can help you overcome this shameful and irritating skin condition.
1. Aloe Vera
Apply aloe vera gel to the affected skin parts. The application of aloe vera gel on the affected skin parts will help in healing your skin of the effect of eczema. It will also help in moisturizing your skin and prevents it from breaking out or cracking.
2. Always Have a Warm Bath
Bathing with cold water could result in body itching, try as much as possible to have a warm bath or a lukewarm bath whenever you want to bathe, this will reduce skin itching and it will prevent the eczema from spreading across your body.
3. Apply Moisturizers on Your Skin Often
Under no circumstance should you allow your skin to be dry. Try as much as possible to apply moisturizers on your skin, this will give your skin the soothing relief it deserves from the dryness the eczema could have caused.
4. Avoid Using Detergents with Strong Ingredients or Chemical Composition
Some detergents have a strong chemical composition that even when touched with bare palms, one experiences a burning sensation immediately. Avoid the use of such detergents for your laundries especially at the time you are battling eczema, rather opt for mild soaps/detergents always.
5. Avoid Scratching the Affected Body Parts
Eczema is usually accompanied by body itching, the quest for scratching the itchy body is always there but try as much as possible to avoid this as it will only aggravate the spread of it all over your body.
6. Wear Loosely Fitted Clothing and Avoid Wearing Nylon or Silk Materials
While battling with eczema, it is advisable for you not to wear tightly-fitted clothes, rather you wear loosely fitted clothes, which will expose your body to fresh air. Also, avoid wearing nylon or silk materials, it will only make you sweat more, the more you sweat, the more the eczema thrives.
7. Apply Apple Cider Vinegar
Apply diluted apple cider vinegar into your bathing water, this will help in the cure of the eczema off your skin. Ensure you dilute the apple cider vinegar properly to prevent skin burn as it is highly acidic.
8. Use Over-The-Counter (OTC) Drug
Visit a pharmacist and complain about the skin condition to him/her, if possible, show the affected body parts to him/her. The pharmacist will help you by prescribing the right over-the-counter (OTC) drug for you. Do not self-medicate, stroll down your street and complain to the pharmacist.
9. Apply Cortisone (Steroid) Creams
A visit to the pharmacist will help you to know the right cortisone (steroid) creams to use for your skin. Apply it as directed and you will see a clear difference in no time.
10. Get Yourself Some Sulphur
Sulphur is a non-metallic element. It is light yellow in color. It comes in different shapes. You can grind sulphur and mix it with your body cream. It has a healing property that helps in making the skin healthy, rejuvenated and smooth.
How To Protect Your Body From Eczema
1. Keep Your Body Moisturized
You need to ensure that your body is well moisturized to prevent it from cracking and drying out which could result in the development of eczema.
2. Be Mindful of Your Choice of Body Care Products
Always ensure that your body care products are not made with strong chemical compositions. Ask questions, if need be, while sourcing for your body care products because they could be irritants that could trigger eczema.
3. Always Be Temperature Conscious
You should always be conscious of the temperature of your environment. Hot weather could trigger eczema. Therefore, always ensure that you are in an environment conducive enough for your body.
4. Avoid Sweating Profusely
Do not give room for your sweat glands to secrete sweats profusely. Therefore, avoid exposing yourself to direct sunlight or could trigger profuse sweats and result in eczema.
5. Be Mindful of Your Clothing Materials
Avoid a mismatch in your choice of clothing material. Ensure you wear the right clothing material for the right weather. Do not wear woolly clothing when you know the weather is hot.
6. Always Shower to Stay Refreshed
Another good way of preventing the outbreak of eczema is by staying refreshed. Always take a shower whenever you are exposed to direct sunlight.
7. Avoid Irritants
Irritants are substances that could cause injuries to the body. A little exposure of your body to irritants could lead to major skin damage in that skin conditions such as eczema could develop.
8. Do Not Share Clothing Materials With People
Some folks are in the habit of borrowing; they borrow everything to the dot. They could go as far as borrowing your clothes. Beware of such folks who can share anything with anybody. They sometimes cajole one with sweet talks like ‘it is love and trust’ that has pushed me to come to you. My dear, do not fall, victim, they are the most vulnerable when it comes to contracting and spreading eczema.
Therefore, in case you find eczema a disgusting and threat to healthy skin, or you want to keep glowing 24/7 unhalted, simply stick to the above-listed tips.