During National Eczema Week 2018 (15-23 September) we urged everyone to ‘Take action on eczema’. Many people aren’t managing their eczema as well as they could and we all need a nudge sometimes to make some improvements! Eczema is a highly personal condition and people respond differently to triggers and treatments. Sometimes you need to try a few things before finding a self-management regimen that works best for you. Here are our seven top tips:
- 1. Keep your home cool to ease itching – around 18°C is ideal.
- 2. Go fragrance-free. Anything with a strong scent, from soap to air freshener, may be irritating to your skin.
- 3. Mind the gap! Leave at least 10 minutes – or ideally longer – between applying an emollient and a topical steroid. This stops the steroid spreading to areas of skin unaffected by eczema or being diluted. It doesn’t matter which is applied first.
- 4. Pinch itchy skin rather than scratching it, to avoid damaging the skin’s barrier.
- 5. Use your emollients at least twice a day to prevent dryness, and at other times whenever your skin feels dry and itchy.
- 6. Go back to basics on skincare. Check with a healthcare professional for advice to make sure you’re applying your creams properly and managing your eczema triggers as best you can.
- 7. Don’t cut foods out of your diet without medical advice unless you or your child have been diagnosed with a food allergy. If you cut foods without support, you/they may miss out on important nutrients.
For more advice on managing your eczema call the National Eczema Society Helpline on 0800 089 1122 (8am-8pm, Monday-to-Friday) or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.