Proper bathing is essential
Studies have shown that a majority of eczema patients have staphylococcus (staph) bacteria on their skin.
The dry skin that accompanies eczema can cause cracks and fissures to develop in your skin’s natural protective barrier. Bacteria, viruses, allergens and irritants can thus enter the skin and result in irritation, inflammation, and infection. Bathing is an important part of your child’s regular skin care regimen.
- Bathing should be frequent enough to remove bacteria, etc. from the skin’s surface without stripping the skin of valuable moisture and oils.
- The water temperature should be warm, not hot.
- Use a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser. Since children often like to play in the bath water, be sure and apply the cleanser at the end of the bath so that the child isn't sitting in soapy water for the entirety of the bath.
- Apply moisturizer immediately after bathing. Theraplex Clear Lotion can be easily applied directly to wet skin to seal in moisture.
Anti-Inflammatories may be helpful
In addition to redness and irritation, eczema may cause inflammation.
Steps you can take to help reduce inflammation include:
1. Cool compresses or ice packs applied to skin
2. Your drugstore carries over-the-counter topical creams and ointments with hydrocortisone. Look for products with few ingredients to avoid further irritation.
3. In more severe cases, your doctor may need to prescribe a topical steroid.
How to address the itch
Eczema is often associated with itchy skin which, at times, can be severe.
To help minimize the discomfort, we have a few suggestions:
1. Keep cool and avoid sweating, as perspiration can lead to symptom flare ups.
2. Store your moisturizer in the refrigerator to keep it cool which will be more soothing when applied to itchy skin.
3. Your drugstore carries over-the-counter anti-itch creams and ointments with anesthetics such as pramoxine to numb the effects of itching.
4. In more severe cases, you doctor may prescribe you a stronger product.
A barrier protectant is essential
Seal and heal your child’s skin.
For all eczema patients, regardless of the severity a barrier protectant is essential. Your skin is the first line of defense from allergens, irritants, bacteria and viruses. When skin loses moisture, it becomes dry and its natural barrier breaks down and cracks. A moisturizer with barrier protectant will prevent moisture loss from happening while it provides relief from your symptoms and starts to help your skin repair itself.
We’ve created a line of Theraplex barrier protectants and moisturizers that were made to help manage your eczema. You can find more on our products here.
For more information on choosing the right moisturizer, see our Moisturizers and Barrier Protectants Do More Than You Think.
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