Eczema Care

Frustrated with Eczema Care?

To be successful in managing eczema, you first need to understand the condition…

What is Eczema?

Eczema can be frustrating to live with and difficult to find the correct treatment. It is a complicated, relapsing inflammatory skin disease that is rough on the skin. The roots of this complex disease include genetic factors, elderly skin changes, heightened immune response, skin barrier issues as well as environmental factors such as diet, household products, chemicals, and toxins.

There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution when it comes to an eczema action plan. Added to this is the fact that there have been virtually no eczema drugs that are approved for pediatric use. There are new drugs on the horizon, however, they are expensive, can have side effects that can become rough on your body and some must be administered by injection.

Wellness Tip

Eczema can be challenging any time of year. Summer heat can make eczema worse for some people. Stay cool and dry! Keep clothing light and loose and consider natural fabrics like cotton and linen. Minimize sweating and dry off the backs of knees and insides of elbows, where sweat might collect.

Identifying Eczema and Caring for It

Eczema treatment can look, feel, and appear different for each person, and eczema action plans will vary for each person.  Sometimes, it even varies between flare-ups for the same person.  Generally, people with dry, sensitive skin can be more susceptible to developing eczema.

Itching can be the worst part. Indulging in scratching your eczema can lead to bleeding, which leads to even more inflammation, which leads to skin damage, and more severe eczema. It’s a vicious cycle of discomfort and pain and can become rough on the wellness of your skin.

Eczema is categorized by its severity and triggers and is sometimes referred to as atopic dermatitis. Use the slider below to learn more.

Symptoms

The type and severity of eczema can show up differently for each person and can appear in summer or winter. These are just a few of the more common ways it presents itself.

  • Red, inflamed skin
  • Intense itching
  • Scaly, flaking skin
  • Bleeding
  • Swelling, crusting, oozing
  • Dark patches of skin

Because eczema can vary in its shape, size, and severity between incidents, you may suffer differently and/or have multiple symptoms throughout your experience with the condition. The healing process can also vary.

If you have sensitive, dry skin that has worsened and any of the above symptoms, it could be time for an eczema treatment plan. You should care for your eczema both externally and internally by staying on top of cream management and continuing an eczema skin care routine.

Types of Eczema

Atopic Dermatitis is the most common form of eczema.  Atopic Dermatitis can occur at any age, but often starts in childhood.   This is the kind of dermatitis often affects people who have a family history of dry skin, asthma, hay fever, and/or common skin issues that allow too much moisture to escape – which lets skin dry faster and eczema to take form. It can appear on the face, hands, feet, inner elbows, and behind the knees.

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Contact Dermatitis is the kind of eczema that can show up after a substance damages your skin, like chemicals or frequent hand washing. It can also occur when you come in contact with an allergen, like certain clothes, cosmetics, or plants.

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Dyshidriotic Dermatitis is an eczema that appears on the hands and feet, showing up as severe itching that can blister, scale, and crack.  Dyshidriotic Dermatitis can be chronic and painful.  The cause is unknown.

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Nummular Dermatitis is a kind of eczema that causes coin-shaped red marks on the legs, back of hands, forearms, lower back and hips. The cause is unknown, but some instances like exposure to certain chemicals, and cold weather can increase the likelihood of a flare- up.

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Neurodermatitis occurs in areas that are habitually scratched. It usually does not spread, but the irritated skin can grow back thick and heavily wrinkled. Neurodermatitis often begins at particularly stressful times.

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Seborrheic Dermatitis, commonly known as dandruff, is where the skin falls off in flakes.  In infants, it’s often just the scalp, but in adults it can also appear in the eyebrows, sides of the nose, behind the ears, groin, and chest.

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Stasis Dermatitis can show up in people who have poor blood circulation in their legs. Stasis Dermatitis can cause the skin to crust and weep as well as, over time, stain in a brownish color.

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Eczema Care

You can soothe rough eczema with products that moisturize affected areas. Also, be sure to identify and avoid your eczema triggers by staying out of the sun during summer and staying moisturized during the winter.

Summers Labs offers the following fine products to help moisturize and heal dry skin, soothe and care for eczema, and prevent flare-ups:

Preventing Eczema

Summer Laboratories can assist you in managing your eczema. It can become rough to deal with eczema, but the products offered by Summer Laboratories may help you get closer to being eczema free for life.

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Be proactive with your eczema. Use hypoallergenic soaps, like Comfort Bear Bar, and healing moisturizers, like Triple Cream.

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Keep calm. There’s an association between eczema flare-ups and anxiety, so be mindful of your emotions and aware of your personal triggers so you can lead a healthier life with healthier skin.

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Find your triggers. They could be: cosmetics, soaps, detergents, diet, clothing, sweat, temperature, allergies, and/or stress.

Identify and avoid the things that bring about your eczema.