Itching is the biggest problem with eczema. If you were to really think about it, the itch that comes from eczema does the job of letting you know that something terribly wrong is afoot. If the itch were not in place, it would be very easy for inflammation to go to work and give you an army of unexplained problems that are not easy to solve.
However, you do not want to accept eczema's itch as a friend. He is still an enemy and must be treated as such. This article talks quickly of 6 excellent ways to reduce itching.
You will find that itches tend to respond to cool things. Ice can numb away a persistent itch in a very short amount of time.
To affect this treatment, you only need a plastic bag of frozen water, or a can that has been in the refrigerator for a few hours. It need not be a sophisticated type of treatment.
If it were safe you could even jump into the freezer and close the door. Just make sure that you splash yourself with a little bit of water first so that you get cold quicker.
Skin moisture is essential to keep itching away. When skin is dry it itches: plain and simple.
The best way to keep your skin moist is to use a topical moisturizer on it. When choosing a moisturizer, make sure that it has no lanolin. This will be a challenge as most cosmetics contain lanolin (lanolin is one of the three biggest causes of eczema flares. )
Also put on your moisturizer when you stand up in your bath. You still want your body to be damp when you are applying the skin moisturizers, so you do not want to use the towel to dry off. Just wipe the excess water away with your bare hands.
Evening Primrose Oil
Evening primrose oil contains GLA (gamma linolenic acid. ) This is an omega-6 fatty acid that is adept at stopping inflammation, and removing itching.
Vicks Vapor Rub
Vicks vapor rub reduces the severity and the occasions for itching. Vicks vapor rub is applied directly to the itchy locations on the body. The rub can even be refrigerated if you like. It will have the added benefit of being something cold that can fight the itch as well.
Corticosteroids are very reliable at stopping itches. There is an issue of side effects, but if you follow the instructions carefully you should be alright. You will want to use steroids on your stubborn flare ups.
When you do not have to, it is still a good idea not to use steroids.
Before treating an itch, it is important to be aware of the source of the itch. When you do not know the cause of the itch, use calendula or marigold to treat it. This is likely to be the safest of all itch relievers.
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Broyde McDonald is an experienced writer on the subject of Eczema Treatments .