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How can you prevent and manage eczema?

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To manage eczema:

  • Moisturize daily.
  • Take your medication as prescribed.
  • Write down where you were and what you were doing when your symptoms flared. That can help you figure out your triggers.
  • Stay away from things that irritate your skin.
  • Avoid allergy triggers. Pollen, mold, pet dander, dust mites, and other allergens may make eczema flare up. You could try a dust-proof mattress and pillow covers, remove carpets, avoid contact with animals, and stay indoors when pollen counts are high.

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Atopic Dermatitis."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema.)"

American Academy of Dermatology: "Atopic Dermatitis: Who Gets and Causes."

EczemaNet: "Types of Eczema: Atopic Dermatitis."

PubMedHealth: Allergies."

Eczema.org: "Dry skin and atopic eczema: An Update on the Filaggrin Story... What Does It Mean to You?"

Sandilands, A. May 1, 2009. Journal of Cell Science;

National Eczema Association: "Research Confirms Genetic Skin Barrier Linked to Eczema."

American Academy of Dermatology: "What is Eczema?"

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on April 10, 2018

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Atopic Dermatitis."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema.)"

American Academy of Dermatology: "Atopic Dermatitis: Who Gets and Causes."

EczemaNet: "Types of Eczema: Atopic Dermatitis."

PubMedHealth: Allergies."

Eczema.org: "Dry skin and atopic eczema: An Update on the Filaggrin Story... What Does It Mean to You?"

Sandilands, A. May 1, 2009. Journal of Cell Science;

National Eczema Association: "Research Confirms Genetic Skin Barrier Linked to Eczema."

American Academy of Dermatology: "What is Eczema?"

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on April 10, 2018

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