Fed up with the scratching? Want to know how to get rid of eczema?
When you’re suffering from the irresistible, irritable urge to scratch your incredibly itchy skin, and it is driving you mad, and those around you. The question you’ll be forever asking yourself is how to get rid of eczema so that you can get some relief!
You will be surprised to discover that it’s really quite simple when you focus on the root cause of the condition rather than rushing to grab the latest over the counter eczema cream.
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Grease Creams Help Temporarily But The Eczema Keeps Coming Back
You see, all those treatments for eczema that you rush to slap on your blotchy skin, are only treating the symptoms, and not the cause of it. Sometimes those anti-itch lotions will help to sooth your skin condition, but you will need to continue re-applying them because you are not solving what causes your itchy skin. If you don’t deal with the root cause of your condition, it will keep coming back.
In other words, the key to getting rid of eczema is:
- Understand exactly what eczema is,
- Look at the causes,
- Make changes which will remove the causes.
So, let’s first look at exactly what eczema is.
To Beat Eczema – First Understand What It Is
Eczema is the term, which describes a condition in which your skin becomes red, very itchy and blotchy. Eczema happens when the skin reacts due to an immune response from your body. This immune response is triggered by a variety of allergens.
For example, your body might be sensitive to a particular type of window cleaning chemical. When your hands come into contact with it, the skin on your hands reacts and becomes intensely itchy and red.
There are many different types of eczema skin conditions which can affect all areas of your body. Typically though, they are most often found on the face, the neck, the chest, hands, feet, inside the elbows and behind the knees.
So, if you are tired of this skin condition, and want to clear it up once and forever, you need first, to determine the cause of your outbreak.
What Causes Itchy Skin?
Of course, there are many triggers, which can set off an eczema attack. There are some though, that are more common than others. When you read these more common causes, you may recognize one that could be responsible for your eczema. Isolating and identifying your specific trigger means you are on your way to relief from that constant, draining itching.
- Natural Allergens
There are some natural allergens, which we all meet every day that can cause skin reactions in eczema sufferers. They cause itchiness and a rash. Some examples might be animal and pet dander, dust mites, spores from fungi, grass and tree pollens.
People who are sensitive to these allergens may develop blotchy skin reactions when exposed to them.
It is possible to have a skin allergy test done to narrow what specific allergen is causing your problem. If pets are your problem you may have to reduce your contact with them, and or improve your standards of cleaning by using special vacuum cleaner which remove the pet dander.
Allergens From Your Home
The cleaning aids that we use in our homes may also be responsible for causing skin reactions. Specific chemicals in these cleaning products have been known to be a common cause of eczema flare-ups. Examples here are your laundry liquids, fabric conditioners, bleaching agents and even common everyday bath soaps.
Perfumes and skin moisturizing lotions have also been known to cause eczema too as they come into close contact with the skin.
If you suspect that these chemicals are responsible, try wearing protective gloves when working with them. Sometimes using a different, milder bath soap or changing your perfume can solve the problem.
Some Foods That We Eat Can Trigger Eczema
Some of the foods we eat can cause a reaction in our skin. Common culprits here are eggs, milk, peanut and their derivatives, shellfish, and wheat based products.
If you suspect any of these, as much as you may like to eat them, you will find eliminating them from your diet will improve your eczema outbreaks.
Even The Weather Can Affect Your Skin
Can the weather affect your eczema? You’d probably be skeptical about this!
When you understand that the weather causes our bodies to react in a certain way, then it is easy to see how the weather has a role to play.
When the weather is hot we overheat and sweat. Excessive heat and the sweat can cause you to itch. In cold weather our skin often becomes dry and this state can result in a flare-up of itchy skin.
So, there are some of the more common trigger factors for eczema and some ideas of how you can eliminate them from your life. Of course, there are much more triggers and more being created each day as the world becomes more polluted with the things man creates and releases into the atmosphere!
Hopefully, you found one or more that you recognize for your situation. Now you need to concentrate on taking the steps to removing that trigger from your environment as much as you possibly can.