Adult Eczema: Understanding the Primary Management Options

Posted on: 13 December 2017

Eczema, which is also known as atopic dermatitis, is a skin condition which commonly affects children. However, the disease can develop at any point, including during adulthood. In general, the ailment is characterised by redness and itchiness of the skin. Also, raised bumps, patches and cracking might occur on the affected area due to the disease. Atopic dermatitis is a chronic skin disorder, but it usually flares up intermittently. Unfortunately, there is no exact cure for eczema. However, there are different measures that you can use to minimise flares and extend the periods of wellness. Here are some of the primary management options that you should consider using for better skin health.

Eliminate Exacerbating Factors

There are some factors which increase the severity of dermatitis and prolong the periods of flare-ups. It is essential for you to take note of these elements, and where possible, avoid these exacerbating factors. The specific conditions which might influence eczema will depend on the environment and personal health condition. Therefore, you should monitor your wellness. However, there are some general measures that you can take. You should avoid extreme temperatures because these changes can increase irritation. You should not wear clothes with coarse fabric; they will scratch your sensitive skin. Also, choose your soaps and detergents with care.

Hydrate the Skin

The development of eczema causes the decline in the functionality of the skin as a barrier. Therefore, the affected body surface will be more vulnerable to water loss and general dryness. In some cases, the skin will become cracked and scaly due to the lack of moisture. You should hydrate your skin on a regular basis to minimise these symptoms. Under ideal circumstances, you should soak in a warm bath to increase the skin moisture content. Then, you should apply a moisturising product or an emollient to protect the skin and prevent further accelerated dryness.

Prevent Itching and Scratching 

Atopic dermatitis causes significant itching. Unfortunately, if you scratch the affected area, you will experience the escalation of the flare. Therefore, you should take steps to prevent itching and scratching of your skin. If emollients are not providing sufficient relief, you should consider applying topical corticosteroids intended for eczema management. You should also think about using antihistamines if allergens exacerbate the condition. 

If you are experiencing the symptoms of atopic dermatitis, you should consult an experienced dermatologist. The physician will determine the exact cause of conditions such as skin cancer or other problems and help you find the most appropriate treatment options after the diagnosis.


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