12 doctors weighed in:

How can I avoid eczema?

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Paul Carter
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
7 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Paul Carter
Dr. Paul Carter
Thank
Dr. Cindy Juster
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: See below.

Eczema is in the same family of conditions as allergies and asthma.
It can't be cured but usually can be controlled. It's best managed by using a sensitive skin cleanser, avoiding bathing in very hot water, and using a sensitive skin lotion at least 3 times daily, even when the rash isn't there. If doing this doesn't help enough, please see your doctor for additional treatment.

In brief: See below.

Eczema is in the same family of conditions as allergies and asthma.
It can't be cured but usually can be controlled. It's best managed by using a sensitive skin cleanser, avoiding bathing in very hot water, and using a sensitive skin lotion at least 3 times daily, even when the rash isn't there. If doing this doesn't help enough, please see your doctor for additional treatment.
Dr. Cindy Juster
Dr. Cindy Juster
Thank
Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Maritza Baez
Dr. Maritza Baez
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Board Certified, Pediatrics
13 years in practice
844K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors