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How Can I Avoid Eczema
It's genetic: Most eczema is due to genetically inherited skin defects. This results in chronic dry skin often with rash and itching. Flare ups can be reduced by gentle skin care, using fragrance and dye free skin care products, and applying a high quality moisturizer after bathing. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A range of persistent skin conditions that include dryness and recurring skin rashes that are characterized by one or more of these symptoms: redness, skin edema (swelling), itching, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, or bleeding. The cause of eczema is unknown but is presumed to be a combination of ...Read more
Protect: Avoid things that make you break out, soaps & wetness. Wash your hands only when necessary. Wear gloves when needed. Wear clothes made of cotton. Bathe only with a small amount of mild unscented soap, such as dove. Keep the water temperature cool or warm, not hot. Use the medicine your doctor gave you. Use a plain moisturizer daily. Avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy area. Manage stress. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Wash hands!: You will never be able to prevent all infections, but that's ok. As long as your child has a normal immune system, he/she will be able to handle most infections. Make sure your child gets all the recommended vaccinations! When around other sick kids, make sure to wash hands. Many doctors think your immune system being exposed to antigens may actually be beneficial. Doctors are always there to help ...Read more
Moisturize: The primary treatment for eczema is to moisturize the skin. You can't moisturize too much. We often recommend cetaphil or eucerine but any good moisturizer is okay. You can also decrease bathing as this adds to decreasing the moisture of your skin so when you bathe use a cap of baby oil in the water and lotion up after. Use your steroid creams as directed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lots of Fluids : Drink lots of fluids especially clear liquids in small amounts frequently. Most doctors recommend 8-12 glasses (each glass is of about 8 ounces or 250 ml) per day. U may need more if u r very active with lots of exercise or running. Also if outside temperature is over 100F fluid requirement increases because of insensible losses. Water is the best fitness drink but you have so many choices. ...Read more
Moisturizers: Moisturizers are the mainstay of ezcema treatment. For stubborn spots doctors often prescribe steroid creams. If eczema is caused or aggravated by allergy, then removal of the offending agent is important too. For more moderate eczema, we recommend soaking in water till the child wrinkles, then pat dry and immediately apply a moisturizer. This can be done several times daily or weekly. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Heartburn options: Elevate head of bed, avoid tight clothes that cinch the abdomen, avoid meals late at night, wait at least 3 hrs after a meal to lie down, eat smaller meals, maintain a healthy body weight, avoid smoking, avoid alcohol, coffee, tea, caffeine & carbonated beverages. Try acupuncture, hypnosis, ginger tea, relaxation exercises. See if specific foods are triggers such as chocolate, corn, fried foods, ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Daily routines: 1. Keep skin moist:daily short bath, moisturizing cream, e.g., triceram 2. Avoidance of irritants:prefer soft cotton clothing to wool, avoid overdressing 3. Avoidance of triggering allergens if known 4. Check with your doctor promptly if secondary skin infection is suspected 5. Consider taking probiotics, e.g. Lactobacillus gg and l. Reuteri. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You can't: These issues can be effectively controlled but not cured. ...Read more
Eczema: If you have not been formally diagnosed with eczema, i recommend you see your own doctor or be referred to a dermatologist so that you can be prescribed a treatment regimen that will help treat your symptoms and even prevent it. Mainstays of therapy are moisturizing creams and steroid ointments. ...Read more
Genetics, mainly.: The vast majority of people who get diabetes are genetically predisposed to such. Poor eating habits, lack of exercise and generally sedentary lifestyle can make this predisposition appear sooner in life, as would being overweight or obese. So eat right, exercise regularly, keep your weight down and keep your fingers crossed if it runs in your family. ...Read more
Topical treatment: The mainstay of eczema treatment is topical. It is important to use moisturizing creams and cleansers on a regular basis to combat dry skin. Topical steroid creams help decrease itching and inflammation. Oral antihistamines can help decrease itching. Avoid triggers which aggravate your eczema. A visit to the allergist can help identify what your triggers are. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stay out of the sun.: The sun is responsible for most of the skin changes we associate with aging. If you don't believe it, look at the difference between the changes on your face & where the sun never shines. Buy a good broad-spectrum sunscreen with an spf of 30 or higher and apply it every day, year-round, whether you plan to be out in the sun or not. As years go by you will look younger than your sunbathing friends. ...Read more
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