Eczema How to Treat & Some Home Remedies

If you have a sudden Eczema flare up, you’re not always able to find a good Dermatologist to treat it straight away. So before you can get that professional treatment here are a few simple home remedies you can do to help treat that itchy Eczema flare up.

What foods to avoid if you have eczema?

It is thought that some foods can contribute to Eczema flare ups. Eczema is triggered by an allergic reaction, and there are many foods known to cause an allergic reaction.

Those foods are;

  1. peanuts,
  2. milk,
  3. eggs,
  4. shellfish,
  5. citrus fruits,
  6. foods containing gluten or wheat,
  7. soy,
  8. some spices (such as vanilla, cloves, or cinnamon), and
  9. tomatoes

Try removing these foods from your diet and monitor the Eczema symptoms. Once the Eczema goes away introduce these foods slowly back into your diet, (one by one), and continue to monitor for symptoms.

Can ibuprofen help with eczema?

Yes, Ibuprofen is an over the counter anti-inflammatory medication that can be used to treat and ease symptoms associated with Eczema flare ups.

Does drinking water help eczema?

Yes, hydrating the body will assist with keeping moisture in the skin.

Eczema is a condition where the skin dries out, drinking plenty of water to replenish lost fluids in the body is a recommended way to keep the skin moist.

What is the best lotion for eczema?

The best lotion for treating Eczema is a topical corticosteroid prescribed from your local Dermatologist. Topical corticosteroid are not available over the counter.

However, if you are unable to get to a see a Dermatologist quickly, and are looking for a home remedy we recommend an oil based ointment for treating Eczema. The more oily the better, as oil helps to seal in the moisture.

Is Vaseline good for eczema?

Yes, Vaseline is a great product to treat Eczema. Vaseline (aka Petroleum Jelly) is the original oil based skin moisturiser. Being oil based, Vaseline is highly effective at trapping moisture in the skin, and keep bacteria out. Keeping bacteria out is important when the skin is trying to heal.

Vaseline also has great anti-inflammatory properties, which works to soothe the skin during an Eczema flare up.

We highly recommend using Vaseline in the treatment of Eczema.

What is the best soap to use for Eczema?

Most Dermatologists recommend Dove soap for washing Eczema affected skin. The Dove Beauty Bar is well advertised for use with sensitive skin. Like Vaseline, Dove soap is one of the original beauty bars. It doesn’t contain the normal soap ingredients that can irritate and strip the skin of natural oils and leave it drying out.

Dove Beauty Bar is so good, we recommend using it for a lifetime, even after an Eczema flare up recedes, just for a little extra insurance that the Eczema won’t return.

How long does eczema take to heal?

The time for Eczema to heal will depend on the underlying conditions and the severity of the flare up. Mild Eczema flare ups may resolve themselves in a few weeks, by taking some simple preventative measures. More severe flare ups will need professional treatment and may last for many weeks.

What helps eczema heal faster?

Eczema will heal faster if you can stack professional treatment together with these below remedies you can implement at home;

  1. maintaining moisture in your skin,
  2. bathing multiple times per day,
  3. moisturise after each time you bathe,
  4. removing any environment triggers (such as fabrics or solvents),
  5. reducing levels of stress and anxiety,
  6. eating a well balanced vitamin rich diet, free from known inflammatory foods, and
  7. avoid scratching.

The key is to put as many factors in your favour as possible.

What is the best treatment for Eczema?

Apart from the tips on this page, we can’t recommend highly enough seeking to advice of a good local Dermatologist (aka Skin Doctor).

A Dermatologist is able to offer the most effective treatment, particularly for the more severe cases of Eczema.

What to drink to stop itching?

Itchy skin is usually a product of dry skin, particularly in the case of Eczema. Therefore, keeping the body well hydrated, by drinking plenty of water, is the best thing you can drink to help stop itchy caused by Eczema.

Why does Eczema itch so bad?

Eczema is a drying and inflammation of the skin. The body’s reaction to inflammation is to carry more blood to the effected area, which is the body’s way of trying to repair the condition.

The dry skin, inflammation, and extra blood flow is an unnatural feeling which creates the Eczema itch. Scratching the itch creates more skin damage and consequently more blood flow.

Why does scratching eczema feel good?

Scratching an Eczema itch feels so good because the nerves under the skin that sense the itch are temporarily blinded to the itch by the stronger sensation of the scratch.

Once you stop scratching the the annoying itch immediately returns. This is am immediate feedback loops that tells your body that scratching feels better that the itch.

Avoiding scratching an annoying itch is fighting against your body’s natural desires, and that is why it is so difficult to stop scratching an Eczema itch.

How do I stop eczema itching at night?

All these home remedies will help to reduce the itching at night you can get from Eczema.

Bathe at night. Bathing helps keep moisture in the skin. Medicated baths may also be beneficial, such as colloidal oatmeal or bleach.

  1. Moisturise well immediately after bathing. Use an oil-based moisturiser such as Vaseline straight after bathing. Oil based moisturisers help to lock in the moisture in the skin.
  2. Use cotton sheets and pyjamas. Wool or polyester can irritate the skin.
  3. Avoid common triggers. Avoid things like pets, and cigarette smoke.
  4. Take an antihistamine. Antihistamine works to counteract allergies, which may be what triggers your Eczema.
  5. Cut your fingernail. If you happen to itch yourself while asleep, soft fingertips will not damage the skin as much as if you used fingernails.
  6. Keep the bedroom cool. Sweat can make the skin itch.
  7. Establish a good sleeping pattern. Go to sleep at the same time each night, calm down by reading or meditation.

What do I avoid to stop eczema itching at night?

Avoiding the following before bed, will help avoid itching, and help you fall asleep quicker, which will in turn will assist with managing the itch. Avoid;

  1. caffeine,
  2. high energy activities,
  3. household cleaners,
  4. cigarette smoke, and
  5. high-stress situations, and
  6. excessive mental stimulation.

How to stop eczema itching immediately?

The best way to stop Eczema itching (almost) immediately is by following these steps in order.

  1. Drink plenty of water.
  2. Take an anti histamine.
  3. Bath in warm water. Either a bleach bath or shower.
  4. Pat dry and Eczema affected area with a soft 100% cotton towel.
  5. Apply any prescribed ointment.
  6. Moisturise immediately with Vaseline.
  7. Dress in loose comfortable clothing, 100% cotton is best.
  8. Keep drinking plenty of water, and avoid triggers.