Top 10 Tips to Combat Eczema

It seems like we have a constant ongoing battle with eczema in my household. Before my son was diagnosed with his multiple food allergies, he was covered in red oozing rashes from head to toe. His skin has improved dramatically since we eliminated his allergens from his diet, but every now and then he gets eczema flare ups, especially in the cold, dry winters.

I recently wrote an article on the 10 Ways To Reduce Eczema Flare Ups This Winter as a part of HypeFoodie’s Allergy-Friendly Top 10 series on the Huffington Post. Here are the highlights:

1. Epsom Salt Baths
Epsom salts are made of magnesium sulfate, which has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.

2. Use Gentle Soap
Select an unscented soap that has few ingredients and is formulated for sensitive skin and eczema.

3. Use A Thick Moisturizing Barrier Cream
Lotions can help lock water into skin, repair damaged skin, reduce dryness and itching, and provide a barrier for the skin.

4. Moisturize Immediately After Bathing
The best time to apply moisturizing cream is right after a bath or shower to trap in moisture.

5. Moisturize Often
Keep travel sized lotion with you and take care of problem spots often.

6. Keep Hydrated
Drink water.

7. Keep Your Environment Humid
Use a humidifier.

8. Wear Soft Breatheable Natural Fabrics
Cotton, silk and bamboo are my favorites.

9. Use Mild Laundry Detergent
Perfumes and dyes that can irritate sensitive skin

10. Keep Nails Short
Minimize damage for the times when you can’t help but scratch the itch.

Read the full article on The Huffington Post.