Ugh, spring. For us that brings terrible eczema flare-ups for Tristan. His skin is becoming so dry everywhere and pretty pink and inflamed in the face, neck, and wrists. No creams bring much relief at this point and there is no escaping the trigger – I can’t keep him inside all day. Believe me, the thought has crossed my mind. At this point we’re just trying to make it through the next few weeks.
It’s interesting because when he reacts to seasonal/outdoor allergies we see it reflected in his skin according to the areas that were exposed. When he eats something that triggers his eczema he flares up in other areas like behind the knees, heels, waist.
Here is a guest post I wrote for Pretty Imperfect about how to try to gain control over eczema. We know eczema is really about trial and error, and every case for every individual is different, but these steps can offer a starting point for those new to eczema or a general refresher for those who have been plagued by eczema for some time. I know personally I need to take a step back and remind myself of the basics from time to time.
Do you have any tips to add?
Six Tips for Gaining Control Over Your Eczema
First let me say that there is no “miracle” cure for eczema – although I certainly wish there was! There is a lot of information out there about medicine or natural supplements that will instantly rid all outbreaks of eczema from your body. Yes, some may find their eczema is easier to control than others, but there is NO product (medicinal or natural) available today that will “cure” everyone’s eczema. Even the popular cortisone or steroid creams are not a cure-all. Majority of times, when someone stops using them, the eczema flares-up again.
Many times eczema is with you for life. Some will grow out of it, some will think they’ve grown out of it only to see an aggravated flare-up during times of stress throughout their life, and some will battle it daily, forever. But, eczema doesn’t have to control you.
Here are six steps you can take to gain control over your eczema:
1. Find a Supportive Healthcare Practitioner – Medical or alternative doctor, the choice is yours. What matters is that you find one that holds your same beliefs and will support you in your journey with eczema. When you find a good physician, maintain regular visits and create a good relationship with open communication. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. A good doctor will listen to your concerns and will help you find safe alternatives that you’ll be comfortable with. Remember, this relationship could last for life, so never settle and find the best practitioner for YOU!
Please visit Pretty Imperfect to see the remaining five tips.