Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a life-long skin condition often characterized by dry, red, itchy skin. Since eczema is a genetic condition, caused by a gene variation, it is currently impossible to cure. However, it can be treated and managed. By following certain life practices and treatment plans, you can get your eczema under control.
Avoid known triggers
Eczema comes and goes, often reappearing when you’ve been exposed to an irritant or trigger. Avoiding these triggers can reduce the number of eczema flare-ups you deal with throughout your lifetime. Triggers can vary by individual, but there are general irritants that are most likely to cause flare-ups. These include the following:
- Cigarette smoke
- Perfumes and other fragrances
- Antibacterial ointment
- Metals, especially nickel
- Cocamidopropyl betaine (commonly found in lotions and shampoos)
- Isothiazolinone (common in dyes and temporary tattoos)
- Paraphenylene-diamine (found in baby wipes and other personal products)
Practice regular moisturizing routines
Eczema flare-ups can also be avoided by keeping your skin regularly moisturized. This is especially important after exposing your skin to water, body washes, or hand soap. For example, after washing your hands, be sure to put on a layer of moisturizer once your hands are dry.
Talk to a dermatologist
Eczema can be difficult to manage on your own. Most people must turn to medications, topical medicines, and phototherapy to keep their symptoms under control. Many of these treatments cannot be found in your local drugstore, so a visit to your local dermatologist will be necessary.
If you’re looking to find ways to manage your eczema symptoms, contact Dr. Kirit Kothari today. He can help you find the best treatment options for your eczema, ranging from topical medicines to phototherapy.