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What are Home Remedies for Eczema?

Eczema is a skin condition which predominantly affects young children, though people of any age with sensitive skin are susceptible. Most people with eczema experience severe allergic reactions, which result in itchy, painful skin rashes. There are many well established home remedies for the condition, such as applying lotion or topical ointments, using a less abrasive soap when bathing, and establishing a consistent diet and exercise routine. A person with severe or persistent skin problems, or someone who has tried many home remedies to no avail, should seek the guidance of a medical professional to ensure the proper diagnosis and treatment of his or her eczema.

The most common and generally most effective home remedy for eczema is the consistent use of medicated lotions and topical creams. Such products provide instant relief for itchy, dry skin. Hydrocortizone ointments and similar products are popular for their ability to trap moisture and treat irritated skin. Many people use calamine lotion and aloe vera gel to help relieve itching. Topical ointments and lotions are most effective when they are several times a day, especially after bathing, for as long as an eczema condition persists.

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Some people experience eczema symptoms because they are allergic to a particular type of soap or laundry detergent. There are many different hypoallergenic soap products available for people with sensitive skin. Such products are usually unscented, mild, and advertised as appropriate for dry and irritated skin. Using hypoallergenic body scrubs and soaps, taking warm showers, and drying off with a soft towel can help prevent moisture loss and protect skin. Many people find that wearing loose, non-abrasive clothing treated with mild laundry detergent can prevent excessive rubbing and irritation.

A person may be able to prevent recurring eczema outbreaks by maintaining a diet and exercise regimen. By eating healthy foods, engaging in regular activity, avoiding overly stressful situations, and getting the appropriate amount of sleep, a person usually experiences fewer skin problems. If a healthier lifestyle does not appear to help, airborne allergens may be the cause of eczema symptoms. Dust and pollen in the air can trigger allergic reactions in some people. In some instances, people may need to move away from a certain area to find relief for their symptoms.

People who experience chronic severe eczema outbreaks should consult their physicians to determine the most appropriate treatment plan. Doctors often prescribe oral medication and steroid creams when various home remedies are not adequate at relieving symptoms. With regular treatment, outbreaks often become less frequent or even stop occurring completely.

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