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7 Tips for Preventing Flares with Atopic Dermatitis

7 Tips for Preventing Flares with Atopic Dermatitis

We’ve all heard the saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This certainly applies when dealing with any type of skin condition. If your skin is at risk of flaring up with hot spots, rashy, oozing, or scaliness – try thinking ahead in order to avoid a full-blown flare. Most flares can be easily managed if you catch it early. An out of control flare can sometimes lead to infection. In that case, you need the advice of a dermatologist to help choose which treatment options can help.

Eczema skincare routine

Life is always easier if there are routines in place. When you make skin care a habit, it will give you plenty of benefits. One of them is that you might have less frequent flares.

Moisturize eczema

By keeping your skin supple and soft, you can avoid dryness and cracking. Apply a light moisturizer with every hand washing. Keep a travel size with you. You can always use a heavier cream at night.

Gloves for eczema

It’s great to have a pair of soft cotton gloves to put on after applying moisture at bedtime. They can also be used protect your skin while doing outdoor chores. No matter what the weather, gloves provide a defense against the elements.

Be gentle

Many times, we get in a hurry and scrub our skin too hard. Using perfumed or harsh soaps can aggravate tender skin. Be sure and use a soft sponge or cloth. There is usually no need to scrub hard. (unless you’ve gotten yourself into a sticky dirty mess) Instead, soak and allow the soil to loosen up.

Food allergies and eczema

Sometimes food allergies can create a flare-up. It may be that your body doesn’t like nuts or dairy. Not only can it affect your tummy, but it can also have outward symptoms on your skin. Most food manufacturers and restaurants have guidelines in place to prevent contamination of food. This helps those who have allergic reactions to foods such as soy or wheat to make better dietary choices.

Avoiding toxins

It is amazing how many toxins we come across daily. If you have to put fuel in your car, keep glove handy. When handling dishes or laundry, be sure you’ve chosen the one with the fewest chemicals.

Dermatologist

It goes without saying, you need to have a good relationship with a skin care specialist. After an initial evaluation, you may be prescribed medications, injections, or creams. An annual visit for maintenance is a good thing. This ensures that if you do have trouble with a flare, you can get in quickly for a checkup.

By being prepared, you might just save yourself from having a flare. We are big on routines at our place. It’s funny how everyone in the family knows the drill. My grandma had skin conditions and kind of passed down her wisdom. Even after she passed her tips for preventing flares with atopic dermatitis are still working for us!

There are oodles and gobs of rewards for having rituals!

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Comments

  • FlareNoMore
    5 months ago

    Try to get a dermatologist who is also a researcher. The conventional belief is that eczema is chronic and incurable condition. Contemporary Pediatrics journal has an article “Microbiome-based therapy for eczema: On the horizon?”

  • Karen Hoyt author
    5 months ago

    I love this thread. Thanks for commenting. We are becoming more and more aware of how the role bacteria plays, and also gut health. I’m optimistic about how this can affect treatments in the near future.
    My family def has autoimmune problems, and we are all working on an autoimmune diet in an effort help heal our skin, gut, brains, and yes – the whole body network.
    I appreciate your insight and thanks for the link. I look forward to any other items you run across. xo Karen

  • Sarah Wallin moderator
    5 months ago

    Hi @flarenomore (Loving your username by the way!!). Thanks for sharing your perspective, there are many qualities that make up a good dermatologist, and for those interested in getting involved in research, I can see how that background would help. If you’d like to share additional insight into finding a derm that does research we welcome you to do so here: (https://atopicdermatitis.net/q-and-a/tips-finding-dermatologist/).

    Interesting study you shared there. I’m linking it here for those who might be interested in reading (http://www.contemporarypediatrics.com/pediatric-dermatology/microbiome-based-therapy-eczema-horizon). You might like this article we have about the microbiome in dermatology: https://atopicdermatitis.net/clinical/microbiome-dermatology/.

    -Sarah (AtopicDermatitis.net Team Member)

  • FlareNoMore
    5 months ago

    I think that it would be beneficial to view the body as an interactive network rather than isolated systems. There are the 100 trillion guest in our gut that are a vital component of our immune system. And eczema is an auto-immune disease.
    Perhaps you could post a link to Microbiome in the Gut-Skin Axis in Atopic Dermatitis at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6021588/

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