For a person suffering from eczema, itching is extremely hard to control and occurs almost involuntarily in spite of all the efforts you may take. In this article, we will share some tips which will help you to deal the constant itching problem.
Itching is a vicious cycle for eczema patients. The nature of the disease promotes irritation and itching due to the release of histamines. Itching on the affected part makes you feel better momentarily as the wound opens up and feels relieved in presence of oxygen. However, in this way you keep on disrupting the eczema wounds and this in turn worsens the disease.
Here are some simple things you may do to in order to control eczema itches.
Bathe in cold water: Do not indulge in hot-water baths if you have eczema. It tends to worsen the inflammation and aggravate itching just after the bath. Start having cold showers instead. If you live in colder regions, you can slowly begin to decrease the temperature of your bath water so that eventually you get used to bathing with lukewarm water.
Use cold compress: Take an ice cube and wrap it in a clean cotton handkerchief. Rub this over the affected area as long as you want or feel relieved. Immediately dab with soft cotton cloth and apply coconut oil.
Wear cotton gloves while sleeping: Eczema patients tend to itch their wounds a lot in their sleep. This is a completely unconscious reaction triggered by body hormones. So, wear cotton gloves so that even if you rub the affected area in your sleep, you cause minimum damage. Wear only cotton clothes.
Nail care: Eczema patients should keep their nails trimmed at all times. Avoid using all types of nail paints as these contain acetone that will worsen eczema. If you should use a nail color, go for the best brand.
Lubricate the affected area constantly: Eczema thrives on dry skin. To slowly reduce itching, start using plenty of moisturizing agents. Use of natural products like coconut oil and sesame oil can give excellent results without any side-effects. If using a moisturizer, choose the cream very carefully. It should be very mild, without any perfumes or chemicals. Consult your dermatologist to suggest a neutral, mild moisturizer for eczema.