Can Eczema Be Prevented?

Once you got eczema, it’s unlikely to be ever completely cured. From time to time, the red, angry and weepy rashes will flare up again. However, you can make the intervals longer – like a year or even more – if you take some additional precautions on top of watching out for your diet and hygiene care. The severity and duration of the rashes will be significantly reduced too. Otherwise, I would be bald by now since I grip my hairs each time I get an eczema recurrence, and so tightly too, during the first unbearable 2 -3 years. I’m glad to say my condition has significantly improved since late 2003.

Eczema outbreaks can usually be avoided with some simple precautions. The following suggestions may help to reduce the severity and frequency of flare-ups:

  1. Moisturize frequently
  2. Avoid sudden changes in temperature or humidity
  3. Avoid excessive perspiration or overheating
  4. Reduce stress
  5. Avoid scratchy materials (e.g., wool or other irritants)
  6. Avoid soaps with alcohol and fragrance
  7. Avoid harsh detergents, and solvents
  8. Avoid environmental factors that trigger allergies (e.g., pollens, molds, mites, and animal dander)
  9. Be aware of any foods that may cause an outbreak and avoid those foods

Very importantly, take note when you notice your condition worsen, when you come into contact with something or consumed something. Avoid those stuff and see if your skin condition improves over time. If it does, well, you now know you should stay clear of those specific irritants.

Recommended Reading:

Read Vivienne’s earlier posts on Eczema:
How Can Eczema be Treated?

What’s so Depressing about having Eczema?

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