Eczema outbreaks can be uncomfortable and, in some cases, inconvenient. While many people suffer for years with hard-to-treat eczema rashes, it is possible to clear up eczema flair-ups quickly. Fast action combined with the proper products can cure eczema in three days.
Things You'll Need
- Hypoallergenic soap or body wash
- Hypoallergenic lotion
- Over-the-counter antihistamines
Stop using your laundry detergent. A lot of eczema outbreaks get started with mild inflammation caused by everyday laundry detergent or are caused by switching to a new brand. During your outbreak, stop using detergent or switch to a mild, hypoallergenic laundry detergent and dryer pads. Do not wear any clothes or use any towels or sheets that have been washed with your usual laundry detergent.
Stop taking long baths and start taking short showers. When dealing with eczema, the skin needs hydration, but long baths will often aggravate the problem. Take short showers in lukewarm water. Pat dry instead of rubbing dry--vigorous rubbing dries out freshly hydrated skin and further inflames the eczema.
Avoid soaps and body washes with fragrance or products that could aggravate an allergic reaction. Instead use hypoallergenic products sparingly, and when washing hair, avoid exposing irritated skin to shampoo or conditioner. A good product is Aveeno Active Naturals Eczema Skincare Body Wash. It can be found in most drugstores, and many dermatologists can provide free samples.
Stay moisturized. Eczema will not clear up if the skin remains dry. While bathing does hydrate the skin it, does not provide enough moisture to combat eczema quickly. Use hypoallergenic lotions such as Curel or Eucerin many times each day. Buy small travel containers to carry in your car, purse, or briefcase so that you can reapply lotion whenever necessary. If lotion is not keeping the skin properly moisturized, try using a heavier cream that can be massaged into the skin.
Keep itching under control with ointment and over-the-counter medication. Eczema is often hard to cure because constant scratching does not allow the inflamed skin to heal. Scratching can also lead to eczema spreading to other parts of the body, turning a small outbreak into a disaster. Taking antihistamines and using hydrocortisone ointment will help prevent itching while controlling inflammation.
Tips & Warnings
- Using heavier creams while at home and during the night will help speed up healing process.