Health Tip: Caring for Eczema03/31/11
(HealthDay News) -- Eczema is the umbrella term for a host of
conditions that lead to a red, itchy skin rash.
People with a family history of eczema are more likely to
develop the condition, which isn't contagious.
The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests these tips
for preventing eczema's triggers:
- Avoid substances that irritate your skin, such as soaps and
detergents, and household chemicals.
- Wear gloves when your hands need to be in or around water. Take
off the gloves periodically to avoid a buildup of sweat.
- Choose clothes made of cotton or a cotton blend, avoiding wool
- Wash skin with fragrance-free gentle cleansers. Take short
baths or showers and keep the water lukewarm, instead of hot.
- Gently pat skin dry after showering, and apply a rich
moisturizer right away.
- Moisturize skin every day, and use eczema medication as
prescribed by your doctor.
- Don't scratch or rub irritated skin. Keep skin cool and
- Limit stress when possible.
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