If you’re living with itchy eczema, it might feel like everyone else is living an irritation-free life.
Numbers suggest that eczema affects around one-in-three Kiwis at some stage of their lives. (At last count that's more than 1.5 million people).
Right now there is no cure for the condition, but that doesn’t mean you have to put up with days of constant scratching.
While it's not curable - the symptoms of eczema can be treated.
Here are a few tips for keeping eczema at bay...
Maintain and protect skin every day:
- Moisturise your face and body at least twice a day.
- Use a non-soap based wash or oil in the bath or shower.
- Avoid soap and bubbly products.
Avoid known triggers and irritants, which may include:
- Playing in sand, particularly sandpits.
- Sitting directly on carpets or grass.
- Food intolerances to artificial colours and preservatives.
- Irritants such as perfumes, soap, chemicals, woollen or synthetic fabrics.
- Temperature changes, such as overly heated rooms.
- Stress, which can make it worse, but eczema is not a psychological condition.
- Contact with animals or house dust mite allergen.
- Constant exposure to water, soap, grease, food or chemicals, that can damage the protective barrier function of the skin.