Coping with that itch
published oct 1, 2019, 2:45pm
Eczema is a skin condition that results in dry, cracked, red patches of skin, which is caused by abnormal immune reactions that can differ in gravity across different people. If you have it, you know how annoying that almost constant itch is. And sometimes, willpower is just not enough to stop yourself from scratching. However, there is relief! Here are some ways to manage the tingle that makes your fingers twitch:
Clip away at those nails
By keeping your nails short, smooth and tidy, if you do have to scratch, it will not do as much damage as shorter nails lessen the chance of injury to the skin.
Humidify or purify your surroundings
Overly dry environments such as air-conditioned spaces may dry out and aggravate eczema-prone skin. Adding moisture with a humidifier helps to make the environment more comfortable for your skin . An air purifier that removes allergens such as smoke or dust particles, mold spores and pet dander may also help to remove trigger factors for those with eczema-prone skin.
Protect yourself while doing chores
While doing chores that require the usage of soaps and detergents such as washing of dishes, house cleaning or doing laundry, be wary of prolonged exposure to the harsh chemicalsin these liquids. They may exacerbate eczema or cause contact allergies . Gloves should be used and will be your best friend in protecting your hands from such chemicals.
Moisturise even in the night-time
Before heading to sleep, moisturise with a moisturiser that is specially formulated for eczema-prone skin like Cetaphil PRO AD Derma Skin Restoring Moisturiser. If you tend to scratch in your sleep, put on some cotton gloves! These are gentle on the skin and will act as a barrier, dulling the effect of your scratching.