Nothing is more frustrating than having an itch you can’t scratch, especially if you have eczema.
This skin condition is caused by an abnormal immune reaction that results in dry, cracked patches of skin that’s made worse by itching and not properly moisturizing.
What makes managing eczema worse is that chronic scratching can make your skin susceptible to infections, allowing bacteria to invade the cracked skin.
Although it may not be possible to stop itching, here are a few strategies that may help you keep your hands off.
No, we’re not talking about going cold turkey and stopping yourself from scratching. Holding an ice pack or cool compress on the area can interrupt the body’s feeling of itchiness and break the desire to scratch.
Break your habit
This time we’re talking about going cold turkey. Scratching can become a conditioned response to the itch, and you might not even be aware that you’re doing it. Try to keep your hands busy with other activities to keep your hands off your skin.
Find out what irritates your skin
Certain fabrics, soaps or laundry detergents, or allergens like dust or pet dander can irritate your skin and make your eczema symptoms worse. Avoid wearing notoriously itchy fabrics like wool, and for instances where you can’t avoid cuddle time with your furry friends, find ways to treat your skin.
Having a regular bathing and moisturizing routine can help you better manage living with eczema and keep your symptoms under control. Find out soaps and creams than can relieve the itchy sensation and provide moisture back to your dry skin.
Treatment for Eczema at Synergy Immediate Care
At Synergy Immediate Care, we specialize in the evaluation, treatment, and management of eczema. Some signs and symptoms of eczema include: