An eczema flare up is when you suffer from dermatitis problems of the skin. In some cases, this starts at a very early age The symptoms can be treated and controlled even if a total cure is not the result. The most common type of eczema is atopic eczema.
It is estimated that one in seven youngsters between the ages of ten to sixteen suffer from some degree of atopic eczema. However, it is important to remember that it is not contagious like a cold. This is a relief to parents who fear their kids will be ostracized at school.
Since atopic eczema causes dry and itchy skin, one of the proven remedies is to moisturize your skin on a regular basis to help tackle against irritation. Adding to this, you should try avoid in any way possible the triggers that will make your skin flare up. Occasionally, you will have flare ups for no reason, this cannot be helped. However, there are specific things you can do to reduce the reaction from common irritants.
Firstly, you should try avoid soaps, or bubble wash which may make your skin react. Foods may create an allergic response in some individuals so watch out for milk products, wheat, nuts and eggs. Also, try as much as possible not to scratch the eczema. Try to keep your nails short to avoid scratching with your nails. On the chance, that you desperately need to scratch your skin, please make sure you scratch with your fingers rather than your nails. Nails tend to be a long and sharp, this can provoke irritation of the skin.
Check for formaldehyde in home furnishings , pet dander and get tested to see if you have allergies. Look to see if there are any chemicals used at work which may cause negative responese from your body.
Triggers may develop later in life and you may find you have intolerances you didn't have as a young person. Also, when there are pressures from work or school eczema, hives or other skin problems may develop. A good stress management and exercise program are important for controlling emotional reactions.