April 2014

Eczema Prevention

Eczema is among the most uncomfortable diseases for someone to live with. Even though most cases of eczema begin in childhood, when one is an adult adolescence can lead to its development.

The skin itches, turns dry and thick and is many times followed by a kind of rash. Eczema is mainly suspected to be a reaction caused by allergy either due to a specific kind of clothing or material, or chemicals and food products.

Due to this, patients are taking care to adapt, change or enhance their way of living and behavior.

Most of the products we use everyday contain chemicals. This includes our clothes which we dress in. The skin is mainly affected by appearance of rashes and itchiness, which leads to discomfort and self consciousness.

Steps to Control Eczema

 

Preventive measures can be taken however, for controlling different symptoms of eczema.

  • Choose organic clothes and get rid of products which contain strong chemicals which we normally use at home. Even though most natural products are normally expensive, they are a worthy investment for the future.

Most eczema symptoms can be controlled to alleviate the patient’s discomfort.

  • The most important step to take is changing the diet and what you eat. Undoubtedly, there is a variety of foods which trigger allergic responses in the body leading to eczema symptoms.

So, by taking the appropriate steps to prevent and get rid of unsafe food from our diet, we can actually acquire a remedy for eczema, if not a cure.

How to Control Eczema

Eczema is an allergic skin condition that accompanies both nasal allergies and asthma, especially noticeable in children. For most people, this symptom gets worse in cold weather, while in others summer can be the worst time. When the symptoms spiral out of control, the discomfort becomes almost unbearable to deal with.

 

Prevention is Always the Best Strategy When Dealing with Eczema

Almost any allergy is best dealt with by preventing it from becoming a problem to begin with. It’s no different with eczema. If you know what triggers your eczema and you can avoid those things, then you must do so for your own best interest.

For instance, I’m allergic to peanuts, so I never any foods containing peanut or any nuts of that matter. Sweating can be another trigger, so I try to avoid the heat and humid conditions as much as possible. Other people may find that dry heat indoors during cold weather is a trigger, so they may use a humidifier to keep their homes less dry.

Of course, the usual dangers such as animal dander, dust, pollen and mold can also be triggers for eczema, so you must try to keep your exposure to them to a minimum. Dry skin is a big no no, so anything you can do to maintain good skin care is also a great help. Another way to keep your skin fully moisturized is by using natural creams to soothe your eczema. You don’t want to use anything with fragrances or smells that may trigger your eczema.

 

Skin Creams for Eczema

 

Prevention is a must, as long as you’re vigilant and you stay up to date on things. But if you’re anything like me, sooner or later, the rash will appear, you’ll scratch and make it worse, and before you know it, you will need some kind of treatment to help.

 

Here are some choices:

 

Topical steroids. These are the old, tried and working, traditional treatment for eczema. They’re also some of the most effective creams you can use. Cortisone formulas come in a variety of strengths and forms, including both creams and ointments. The low dose strength formulas are available without needing prescription. Topical steroids work very well, but shouldn’t be used for a long period of time as they can have side effects such as changes in the skin pigmentation, thinning of the skin, and absorption into the body.

 

Topical calcineurin inhibitors. This creams is one of the newer treatments for eczema. Examples are Elidel® and Protopic®. Topical calcinuerin inhibitors could be taken into consideration as a maintenance therapy after a satisfactory steroid therapy, possibly by reducing corticosteroids gradually and introducing calcineurin inhibitors as substitute therapeutic agents. They could constitute a valid alternative to corticosteroids because of their ability to suppress T-cell activation and proliferation. Indeed, by blocking calcineurin phosphatase, they prevent the dephosphorylation of the nuclear factor of activated T cells, which leads to inhibition of the activation of T cells and the production of proinflammatory cytokines including TNF-α, IFN-γ and IL-2, which is a key cytokine in the activation and amplification of T-cell response. Pimecrolimus (1.0%) and tacrolimus (0.03 and 0.1%) have been proven to be effective, well tolerated and safe in the treatment of atopic dermatitis, whereas their use in psoriasis is off-label, and their efficacy is still controversial. The great thing about these creams is that they are not steroids, so they don’t have the complicated side effects that steroid creams can have. They can also be safely used around the eyes and on the face.

 

If you suffer from eczema, definitely work on prevention treatments and techniques. You must also be prepared for if and when you need to use medication to resolve your eczema symptoms. Talk with your doctor about which approach will work best for your situation and treatment.