By Laura Dolgy (see below)
If you suffer from eczema/dermatitis, then this time of the year is probably the most difficult for your skin. Colder temperatures and harsh winds tend to dry out skin for long periods of time leading to more painful, cracked and red eczema. It could also lead to weeping skin and some incur weeping scalps .
Please keep in mind that I am in no way a medical professional. If you’re experiencing severe rosacea or eczema or have a topical infection, it is always best to seek medical advice immediately.
If you have ever experienced severe eczema, then you’re probably already familiar with this type of reaction. Weeping eczema consists of dry, irritated skin that has developed few or multiple blisters. Through persistent scratching or irritation, these sores can eventually open up, causing oozing pus and infections.
Although many eczema sufferers rely on aggressive treatments to heal the skin rapidly, healing weeping dermatitis isn’t always difficult and there are several natural ways to prevent your irritated skin from developing blisters or worse – a Staph infection. If you’re one of many eczema sufferers who have experienced oozing, wet eczema, check out some of our top tricks you can start today to help prevent and heal your skin.
1. Calm and moisturize
The first step to healing weeping dermatitis is to find a moisturizer with wound healing and bacteria fighting properties. Honey is one of the best naturally anti-bacterial ingredients around and is used by hospitals for its wound healing abilities. Apply honey directly on the skin or try a moisturizer like this one with Manuka honey and Manuka oil, Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream. Chinese herbs are known to be quite powerful as well – EczeHerbal #1 – Oozing Eczema Treatment will help soothe red, itchy and crusty skin, as well as prevent bacterial infection.
2. Wet wraps
If you haven’t already heard of wet wraps for eczema relief, then you might want to give this simple and effective process a try for weeping eczema. Wet wrapping has been shown to provide quick eczema relief for all types of eczema, as well as psoriasis, allergic contact dermatitis, and dermatomyositis. Depending on the affected areas, you’ll want to either opt for body bands or full garments. These WrapESoothe Body Bands for Kids and Adults are perfect for those who are experiencing eczema on their arms or legs. Otherwise, for full body eczema, you’ll want to look at a full suit for babies and young children or WrapESoothe shirt and pants for bigger kids.
Want to learn more? Check out the step-by-step instructions here: What is Wet Wrap Therapy for Eczema?
Another idea, and something you may want to actually try first because it’s just easier and less messy than wet wrapping, is dry wrapping. For dry wrapping, we like the line from Remedywear – clothing for eczema. What makes this clothing so special? It’s made with TENCEL and zinc – both soothing and honestly, just fabulous for eczema. Learn more about How to Dry Wrap – it’s really simple. And then check out Remedywear’s full line: adult shirts and pants, gloves for adults and kids, eczema bandages for all ages, and socks for adults and kids.
3. Anti-inflammatory foods
Adopting an anti-inflammatory diet will not only help you fight off bacteria, yet it will help keep your immune system in check. Incorporating foods like leafy greens, seasonal vegetables, fish and berries will help provide the necessary nutrients and vitamins to keep your body in check. In fact, you may find supplementing with a high quality fish oil can be very beneficial as well.
4. Elimination diet
Although we’ve pointed out that it’s important to adopt an anti-inflammatory diet with wet eczema (or any type for that matter), undergoing an elimination diet can be very helpful too. Elimination diets have shown to be extremely effective in healing eczema naturally. For more information on how to get started or to learn what exactly an elimination diet is, check out our family’s experience with elimination diets.
5. Consider TSW
Although not terribly common, topical steroid addiction is a real area of concern that is becoming more and more widespread. If you have red, angry looking skin it is possible you may be reacting to the overuse of topical corticosteroids. It’s something worth looking into. Read more about topical steroid withdrawal.
Weeping, oozing eczema can become extremely painful and infected without proper care. The above-mentioned tips are extremely beneficial in the prevention and treatment of severe, wet eczema. However, if you are experiencing symptoms such as bleeding, infected wounds or fever, you should seek medical advice immediately.
Have any tips of your own for preventing or healing weeping eczema? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for It’s An Itchy Little World. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes. Please see It’s An Itchy Little World’s disclaimer for information about affiliate links and more.