In controlling your eczema, remember:
- Keep your skin well lubricated. If skin feels dry, apply Aquaphor Healing Ointment, Vaniply Ointment or plain Vaseline after you rub in your cortisone cream or lotion. Applying body oil or moisturizers right after bathing will help keep your skin soft and smooth.
- Avoid using harsh or drying soaps on your eczema areas. Traditional soap can irritate and dry out the skin. When bathing or showering, warm water and non-soap cleansers like Cetaphil or CeraVe are preferred. Once your eczema is controlled, limit use of true “soap” to the “dirty areas” (i.e. face, armpits, genital area, and feet). If you must wash your hands frequently, try to use a non-soap cleanser, but if unavailable, thoroughly rinse off soap and apply a creamy moisturizer after each hand washing.
- Avoid overheating. Most persons with eczema find that hot weather and heavy sweating worsen their eczema. In hot weather, wear cool, loose cotton clothing, and try to stay in air-conditioned buildings.
- Avoid direct skin contact with wool or similar rough clothing.
- Avoid anything that aggravates your eczema including creams, makeup, perfumes, nail polish, hair dyes and chlorinated pools.
- It is usually possible to find a treatment routine that lets you control your eczema. Most treatments involve some form of cortisone ointment or cream initially. When properly applied, these medications can be used safely for years.
- If your eczema worsens and you cannot control it, please return so we can give you a different treatment.
- Bleach baths are often used to control and prevent eczema by reducing the level of bacteria living on the skin.