Winter will be here before we know it (boo!), and with it comes dry, flaky skin. Dry skin is bad enough, but if you or one of your family members has dealt with eczema before, you know it can be very itchy and uncomfortable. While eczema should be treated by a doctor, there are things you can do at home to help relieve the symptoms. Check out a few natural and effective ways to relieve eczema.
Natural & Effective Ways to Relieve Eczema
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- Restore moisture. One of the most important things you can do during the winter months is to retain and restore as much moisture as you can into your skin. Make sure youâ€™re drinking plenty of water, use a humidifier or vaporizer to balance out the dry air inside your home, and donâ€™t skimp on the lotion (more on that later).
- Not too hotâ€¦ When itâ€™s cold outside, we want to take hot baths and showers. Very hot water actually dries out your skin more. Make sure the water is comfortable, but not too hot, and donâ€™t linger in the tub. The longer youâ€™re in the water, the drier your skin will be afterward.
- Lotions, creams, oils, oh my! Any lotion or cream you use should be thick, nourishing, and unscented (Eucerin is a great option). Oils may make a big difference for you, too. Baby oil can be applied to damp skin after bathing, then pat dry. If youâ€™re looking for something more natural, give coconut oil or sunflower seed oil a try. Both are easily absorbed by the skin and have a pleasant smell.
- Liquid gold. If youâ€™re a mom who is currently breastfeeding, you probably already know that breastmilk is liquid gold. It is a great remedy for a great many things, and eczema is one of them. Rub a bit of expressed breastmilk on your babyâ€™s eczema patches several times a day, and theyâ€™ll likely clear up in no time.
- Turn to the kitchen. Bathing in either oatmeal or chamomile tea may help relieve the itchy symptoms. Put about a cup of oatmeal or several scoops of chamomile tea leaves into a square of cheesecloth, and tie it off with a string. Draw a bath (again, not too hot), and put the sachet of oats or tea into the tub. Once you climb in, youâ€™ll have quick relief from the itching.
- You are what you eat. Some people believe that eczema flares up as a result of food sensitivities. Start a food journal, and see if there are certain things you eat which cause your eczema to worsen.
- Manage stress. Itâ€™s well-known that stress has a physical impact on your body; your skin is no different. Make sure you are sleeping enough and find healthy ways to manage stress. Taking a walk outside is both a great stress-reliever and a good way to get vitamin D, which may also help your skin fight eczema.
These non-medical options can help to calm eczema and other dry skin problems, but they are not cures; please keep in mind that if your condition worsens or does not improve, it is important to be seen by a doctor. Severe itching that breaks the skin can lead to other problems. Hopefully, though, one or several of these remedies combined will provide you or your loved one some relief!