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How can someone with eczema prevent flares to feel better?

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Dry skin is a common eczema trigger. If your skin gets too dry, it can become rough and itchy or might crack. That can let bacteria or allergens inside. Extreme changes in temperature can stress your skin, too.

So keep your skin moist -- especially in winter, when the air can be dry. Use a humidifier in your bedroom when you sleep. Apply body lotion after bathing. Soak in a warm bath with small amounts of bleach, baking soda, bath oil, or colloidal oatmeal added to ease itching and moisten skin.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: Atopic dermatitis (eczema): “Alternative medicine,” “Causes,” “Lifestyle and home remedies,” “Risk factors,” “Treatments and drugs.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Different kinds of eczema,” “What is eczema.”

National Eczema Society: “Topical Steroids,” “What is Eczema?”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What Is Atopic Dermatitis?”

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Antihistamines,” “Eczema.”

National Eczema Association: “Itching for relief.”

British Journal of Dermatology: “The effect of environmental tobacco smoke on eczema and allergic sensitization in children.”

FDA: “FDA approves new eczema drug Dupixent.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 3, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: Atopic dermatitis (eczema): “Alternative medicine,” “Causes,” “Lifestyle and home remedies,” “Risk factors,” “Treatments and drugs.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Different kinds of eczema,” “What is eczema.”

National Eczema Society: “Topical Steroids,” “What is Eczema?”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What Is Atopic Dermatitis?”

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Antihistamines,” “Eczema.”

National Eczema Association: “Itching for relief.”

British Journal of Dermatology: “The effect of environmental tobacco smoke on eczema and allergic sensitization in children.”

FDA: “FDA approves new eczema drug Dupixent.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 3, 2019

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