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How can you prevent an eczema flare?

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You can't cure eczema. But there are things you can do to ease flare-ups and maybe even stop them from happening:

  • Avoid triggers. Figure out what things cause your skin problems and try to stay away from them. For example, if certain soaps or fabrics seem to cause rashes, stop using them. Steer clear of cigarette smoke, animal dander, and pollen if those seem to make your skin worse.
  • Take care of your skin. It's key to keep your skin moisturized. The best choices are thick creams or ointments that have little water. Put them on as soon as you get out of the shower or bath while your skin is still wet. Make sure you don't take baths or showers that are too hot or too long. That can dry out your skin.
  • Treat symptoms. Your doctor may suggest some medication for your symptoms. These might include steroid creams or ointments for mild flare-ups or steroid pills for more severe cases.

From: What Is Atopic Dermatitis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Atopic Dermatitis."

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)."

FDA: “FDA approves new eczema drug .” Dupixent

KidsHealth: "Eczema."

National Eczema Foundation: "Atopic Dermatitis."

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

UptoDate: "Patient information: Atopic dermatitis (eczema) (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 22, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Atopic Dermatitis."

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)."

FDA: “FDA approves new eczema drug .” Dupixent

KidsHealth: "Eczema."

National Eczema Foundation: "Atopic Dermatitis."

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

UptoDate: "Patient information: Atopic dermatitis (eczema) (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 22, 2017

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