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Tips for Avoiding Eczema Triggers

Tips for Avoiding Eczema Triggers

Anyone who has suffered from the red, itchy, and inflamed skin that comes with eczema knows that it can not only be uncomfortable, but it can get worse if not addressed. Fortunately, treatments are available, and you can take steps to help avoid the triggers that can cause flare-ups.

Dr. Carmelo Plateroti and our highly skilled staff at Plateroti Dermatology in Templeton, California, employ an integrative approach for our patients using successful Western medicine treatments combined with the best holistic options. Whether you are suffering from a health condition like eczema or are looking to refresh your appearance with an aesthetic procedure, we can help.

Eczema

Eczema affects over 30 million Americans with symptoms that can include itchy skin, scaly patches, rashes, blisters, and skin infections. It can range from mild to severe and often has periods of "flare-ups" when issues are more bothersome. 

It may appear any time from birth through adulthood and is likely caused by a combination of genetics and the environment.

Avoiding triggers

Eczema often gets worse because of exposure to one or more triggers that lead to a flare-up. Triggers vary from person-to-person, but here are some common ones and ways to avoid them.

Dry skin

Dry skin can become rough, scaly, or brittle and contribute to a flare-up. Use lukewarm or cool water for showers and handwashing instead of hot, then pat your skin dry, leaving some dampness. Apply thick lotion to moisturize. If your heater dries out the air in your house during the winter, consider using a humidifier.

Irritants

Eczema symptoms can worsen when exposed to a variety of environmental irritants.

Soap, shampoo, and detergent

When possible, use soap and shampoos that are fragrance-free and mild. Detergents should also be fragrance-free or designed for those with sensitive skin or babies. Try to avoid scented dryer sheets and fabric softeners.

Chemicals

Wear gloves lined with cotton when cleaning and avoid scented candles, air fresheners, and perfume. Also, stay away from cigarette smoke.

Heat and sun

Getting hot and sweaty as well as sunburned can all lead to an eczema attack. Find shade when possible to avoid overheating and too much sun. Use gentler sunscreens designed for the face or those made from minerals to protect from sunburns.

Clothes

Avoid clothes made of wool, which can be prickly and synthetic materials such as nylon, rayon, and polyester that can encourage sweating. Be sure to wash them before wearing to remove any dyes or chemicals.

Stress

Stress and anxiety can lead to inflammation and an eczema flare-up. Try meditation, yoga, deep breathing, or biofeedback as ways to relax.

The good news is that by avoiding your triggers you can keep your skin as healthy as possible. If this is not enough to bring about relief, a number of other treatment options, including lifestyle modifications, topical creams, phototherapy with UV light exposure, and medications are available.

If you're struggling with discomfort from eczema, we can help. To make an appointment, click our request button today, or call us at 805-434-2526.

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