Eczema is a very common skin condition (sometimes called atopic dermatitis) that makes those suffering feel miserable with intense itching and rashes. If skin feels hot and itchy, is reddened, or has rashes, is bumpy or oozes, or just gets very dry and flaky, you might have eczema, which can appear on any part of the body. Eczema flare-ups can strike for many reasons, and your best, first line of defense, is a great dermatologist. Get helpful literature from your dermatologist on your eczema treatment and follow along with the tips below to lessen the misery of flare-ups.

1. Avoid scratching. Scratching will only aggravate the symptoms. Understand the directions and properly use the prescribed medications for eczema treatment. Be sure to ask how quickly the symptoms should lessen, and if they do not, contact your doctor.

2. Help assist your eczema treatment at home by keeping a journal of everything that you eat and drink. A food allergy could be causing the flare-ups and must be identified for avoidance.

3. Be careful what type of clothing fibers you wear next to your skin, get items made of cotton or very silky smooth to lessen the onset of symptoms and avoid additional itching and other symptoms.

4. Keep your skin cool, clean, dry, and comfortable. Hot showers can aggravate eczema, so be careful of the water temperature. Immediately change to a mild soap, not only for bathing, but for clothes washing as well. Avoid soaps, lotions or creams, shampoos, and hair or clothing rinses with scents. Speak with your dermatologist as necessary to find soaps and body toiletries products that are best bets for your eczema treatment.

5. Reduce emotional stress. Try walking, meditating, and/or light exercises that do not cause you to sweat. Be sure to get enough sleep to be properly rested and more relaxed.

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