- No, Eczema Isn’t Contagious, But Here’s How Secondary Infections Can Be Spread
- Can You ‘Catch’ Eczema From Another Person Who Has It?
- How Eczema Can End up Being Passed on
- A Final Word on Why Eczema Isn’t Contagious
- Eczema (young people)
- What is dermatitis?
- What is contact dermatitis?
- What are the symptoms of contact dermatitis?
- How can I know if I have contact dermatitis?
- How is contact dermatitis treated?
- How can I prevent contact dermatitis?
- What is atopic dermatitis?
- What are the symptoms of atopic dermatitis?
- How is atopic dermatitis treated?
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- Chickenpox worsened Vicky’s eczema and has left her with some scars.
- What to Do If You Have Eczema on Your Hands
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- Q1: What Is Eczema?
- Q2: Can Stress Cause Eczema?
- Q3: Is Eczema Contagious?
- Q4: If Eczema Is Not Contagious, How Do Others Get Eczema?
- Q5: How Does Eczema Spread?
- Q6: How Do I Know If It’s Eczema or Some Other Skin Problem?
- Q7: Should Someone With Eczema Avoid Certain Foods?
- Q8: Can an Individual Affected by Eczema Swim in a Shared Pool or Seawater?
- Q9: How About Participating in Sports and Other Physical Activities?
- Q10: Is It Okay to Spend Time Under the Sun?
- Q11: Once You Get Eczema, Can You Get It Again?
- Q12: How to Get Rid of Eczema?
- Q13: Is There a Soap Specifically for Eczema?
- Dyshidrotic Eczema Treatments and Other Types of Eczema Treatments
- About Deanna Wallin and Naples Soap Company (Specific to Eczema)
No, Eczema Isn’t Contagious, But Here’s How Secondary Infections Can Be Spread
Dryness, redness, and flaking are all symptoms of eczema. Sergio Azenha/Alamy
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If you or a loved one suffers from eczema, you’re not alone. According to the National Eczema Association, about 31.6 million people in the United States, or about 10 percent of the U.S. population, have some form of eczema. And, according to the association, eczema tends to be more common in women than men.
“Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition that can be caused by multiple things,” explains Rachel Prete, DO, a pediatrician at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Florida who treats pediatric patients with eczema. “It’s a dryness of the skin that causes a redness and flaking.”
That eczema can be hereditary: Dr. Prete says there’s a genetic component to eczema, meaning that if your parents and siblings have the condition, you’re more likely to develop it yourself, too. In fact, a June 2017 study published in Nature Genetics found evidence that a single mutation in the CARD11 gene could be linked to eczema.
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In addition, having eczema may increase your chances of developing asthma, Prete says. Usually, the inflammatory skin reactions of eczema and asthma are caused by underlying allergens, so the two conditions often appear together, she explains.
Your environment could also be to blame: “The biggest risk factors for eczema are environmental,” says Evan Rieder, MD, a dermatologist at New York University Langone Health in New York City. Dry, cold air or else contact with allergy-producing products like scented skin creams can cause eczema to flare, he explains.
Can You ‘Catch’ Eczema From Another Person Who Has It?
So can you catch eczema from someone else or give your eczema to someone? In a word, no — both Prete and Dr. Rieder emphasize that eczema is NOT contagious. “You are just genetically predisposed to it or not, most of the time,” Prete explains. For instance, even if you share a bed every night with someone who has eczema, you won’t suddenly develop it on your own, she says.
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How Eczema Can End up Being Passed on
Eczema itself is not contagious — there’s no way that being around someone with eczema will suddenly cause you to develop that skin condition. However, what is contagious are skin infections.
Think of it like this: If you have eczema and are constantly scratching your skin, you could cause a breakdown in that skin, Prete says. That opens you up to infections, because we all have bacteria on our skin, and when we break the top layer, the bacteria has the potential to cause an infection. In turn, that infection could be contagious, Prete says — but not eczema itself. In fact, the inflammation that underlies eczema can increase your risk of skin infection, even if you don’t lift a fingernail, according to a December 2016 review published in Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology.
Rieder agrees, noting that “an intact outer layer of skin is necessary to prevent harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses, and fungi from invading the deeper layers of the skin.” If broken skin becomes “colonized” with any of these microorganisms, an infection could develop, he says. “That infectious organism could potentially prove contagious to anyone else who comes in direct contact with the infected skin,” Rieder says.
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So how can you tell an infection from regular eczema? Infections are generally tender to the touch, and they may have some wetness and weeping (production of pus), Prete says. If you are concerned you might have gotten a skin infection from someone else, have a doctor check it out, as other conditions such as scabies and ringworm can sometimes look similar to eczema, Prete notes.
A Final Word on Why Eczema Isn’t Contagious
The bottom line? Eczema is not contagious — so if you’re self-conscious about your itchy, dry skin, know that you and people around you shouldn’t worry about the possibility of it being passed along to someone else. If your skin becomes infected, whether by itching eczema or through some other means, that infection can be passed on to somebody else through skin-to-skin contact — but not the underlying condition of eczema itself.
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And you can talk with a dermatologist about all the ways to manage eczema, including moisturizing as often as possible and doing your best to lock in that moisture, such as with a fragrance-free cream. Allergy testing can also help you pinpoint some of the triggers of your eczema, Prete notes.
“Daily self-care, using soothing emollients, and regular visits to a board-certified dermatologist can help control this itchy, annoying, and sometimes debilitating condition,” Rieder says.
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If you have a skin condition, feeling self-conscious is sometimes part of the package. For instance, if you have eczema, you might worry that people wonder, Um, is eczema contagious? whenever your symptoms flare up. Unfortunately, sometimes people do just assume this skin condition is transmissible and act with that in mind, Joshua Zeichner, M.D., a New York City-based board-certified dermatologist and director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, tells SELF. “They see someone with a rash and stay away for fear that they will catch it,” he says.
As it turns out, that’s completely unnecessary.
Before we touch on the contagious aspect, let’s cover some eczema 101.
Eczema, aka atopic dermatitis, has the capacity to make your skin itchy, inflamed, and basically as dry as the sands of hell. Common symptoms include thick, cracked, scaly skin and red or brownish-gray patches that can show up anywhere but are most likely to develop on your hands, feet, ankles, wrists, neck, upper chest, eyelids, and inside the bends of your elbows and knees, according to the Mayo Clinic. Eczema can also manifest as weepy little bumps that might get all crusty when you scratch them, and the scratching itself can leave you with raw, tender, swollen skin.
If you have eczema, you might experience flare-ups of your symptoms sandwiched in between periods when your skin doesn’t bother you much. While eczema can be manageable, mainly through moisturizers to combat itching and drugs to fight inflammation and infections in open sores or cracked skin, there’s no cure for the condition.
Let the record show that eczema is not contagious—but it does tend to run in families.
At its core, eczema comes down to a problem with a person’s skin barrier, which is meant to offer protection from outside threats like bacteria, irritants, and allergens, according to the Mayo Clinic. If you have eczema, a gene variation prevents this barrier from offering all the protection it should, leaving your skin vulnerable to substances that can irritate it and trigger an immune response that results in eczema’s characteristic symptoms.
In addition to explaining why eczema happens, that gene variation also points to why it’s not contagious. “You cannot spread to anyone else because it is in your genes,” Dr. Zeichner says. Think of how infectious diseases get passed along: through things like viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. Since a gene variation is at the root of eczema, not any of these microorganisms, it’s not a communicable condition.
The fact that eczema tends to run in families might make it seem like it’s contagious to an outsider. Many people with eczema have a family member who also has it, or who has asthma, food allergies, or other allergies, Marie Leger, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of dermatology at Weill Cornell Medicine, tells SELF. These conditions are all “atopic” diseases, or conditions that make people’s immune systems hyper-reactive to certain stimuli, she explains, so it makes sense that they often show up together. It also makes sense that, since you share various genes with people who are physically related to you, these conditions can crop up in your family, potentially making something like eczema seem contagious even though it’s not.
If you have eczema, there are a few things you can do to try to help keep your condition under control.
Figure out what your triggers are, then avoid them like the plague if you can. Eczema can flare in response to things like dust, animals, mold, certain foods, pollen, cold and dry air, stress, and having a respiratory infection like a cold or the flu, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
What is dermatitis?
Dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin. The word “dermatitis” is used to describe a number of different skin rashes that are caused by infections, allergies, and irritating substances. The rashes range from mild to severe and can cause the following skin conditions, depending on their cause:
- Painful ulcers
This article will describe contact and atopic dermatitis, which are two common types of dermatitis.
What is contact dermatitis?
Contact dermatitis occurs when the skin comes in contact with a substance that causes a delayed allergic reaction (allergic contact dermatitis) or when there is an injury to the skin’s surface (irritant contact dermatitis).
Skin can become allergic to a substance after many exposures or after just one exposure. For instance, most people will have an allergic reaction to poison ivy after one exposure. Common sources of allergic contact dermatitis include cosmetics, rubber derivatives, dyes, adhesives, nickel, and other metals.
Substances that can irritate the skin include detergents, soaps, cleaners, waxes, and chemicals. These substances can wear down the oily, protective layer on the skin’s surface and lead to irritant contact dermatitis. This condition is most common among people who regularly work with strong chemicals, such as restaurant, maintenance, and chemical workers.
What are the symptoms of contact dermatitis?
Allergic contact dermatitis:
- Skin reddening
- Blisters that ooze (Fluid from blisters is not contagious. It will not spread the skin rash to other parts of the body or to other people.)
- Itching which can become intense
- Swelling in eyes, face, and genital areas (severe cases)
Irritant contact dermatitis:
- Mild swelling
- Stiff, tight-feeling skin
- Dry, cracking skin
- Painful ulcers
Symptoms vary, depending on the cause of dermatitis.
How can I know if I have contact dermatitis?
If you have a skin rash that won’t go away, visit your healthcare provider. If the doctor suspects allergic contact dermatitis, he or she may perform patch tests. In this test, the doctor places small samples of chemicals on an area of skin to see if a rash develops. The diagnosis of contact dermatitis cannot be done with blood tests. You should mention all the products that are in contact with your skin, even if you use certain products only once a month or if the product was used after the rash started.
Note: there are no tests for irritant contact dermatitis. Tell your healthcare provider about any irritating substances or chemicals that you regularly come into contact with (including cosmetics, lotions, and nail polish).
With either type of contact dermatitis, you can avoid substances you suspect to see if the rash goes away.
How is contact dermatitis treated?
The form of treatment will depend on the cause of your dermatitis. Common treatments include:
- Cortisone-type creams (In severe cases, drugs containing cortisone may be given by mouth.)
- Antihistamines (a medicine to relieve itching)
- Dry skin care (lotions and creams)
- Oatmeal baths (to relieve itching)
How can I prevent contact dermatitis?
For allergic contact dermatitis:
- Avoid contact with substances that cause the skin rash.
- Wash any area that comes into contact with allergic substances.
- Learn to recognize poison oak and poison ivy plants.
For irritant contact dermatitis:
- Wear cotton gloves under rubber gloves for all wet work. You can also use petroleum jelly to protect your skin. Reapply the petroleum jelly two or three times a day and after washing your hands.
- Avoid contact with substances that irritate your skin.
- Use mild soaps.
- Use hand creams and lotions frequently.
What is atopic dermatitis?
Atopic dermatitis is a skin condition that may be passed on from parents to children. It can occur at any time in life, but usually first appears when children are infants, and may not diminish until early adulthood. More than half of infants with atopic dermatitis grow out of the condition by school age, though flare-ups can occur throughout life.
The condition is most common among families who have a history of environmental allergies. Though food allergies may cause flare-ups, removing suspected foods (such as eggs, milk, fish, wheat, and peanuts) from your child’s diet is not likely to cure the problem. If you suspect that a food is worsening the rash, discuss this with your healthcare provider.
Atopic dermatitis can also worsen when the skin comes into contact with irritating substances such as harsh soaps and scratchy, tight-fitting clothing. Scratching can also promote infections that require treatment.
What are the symptoms of atopic dermatitis?
- Red, very itchy dry patches of skin
- Rash on the cheeks that often begins at 2 to 6 months of age
- Rash oozes when scratched. Symptoms can become worse if the child scratches the rash
In adolescence and early adulthood:
- Rash on creases of hands, elbows, wrists, and knees, and sometimes on the feet, ankles, and neck
- Dry, scaly, brownish-gray skin rash
- Thickened skin with markings
- Skin rash may bleed and crust after scratching
How is atopic dermatitis treated?
Atopic dermatitis is a chronic condition, which means that it cannot be cured. Treatments, however, are very effective in reducing the symptoms of itching and dry skin.
Your healthcare provider can prescribe lotions and oral medications (those taken by mouth). These treatments include corticosteroid creams and antihistamines. Follow instructions for using the medications.
To help your child, you can also:
- Avoid long, hot baths, which can dry the skin. Use lukewarm water instead and give your child sponge baths.
- Apply lotion immediately after bathing while the skin is still moist. This will help trap moisture in the skin.
- Keep the room temperature as regular as possible. Changes in room temperature and humidity can dry the skin.
- Keep your child dressed in cotton. Wool, silk, and manmade fabrics such as polyester can irritate the skin.
- Use mild laundry soap and make sure that clothes are well rinsed.
- Watch for skin infections. Contact your healthcare provider if you notice an infection.
- Avoid rubbing or scratching the rash.
- Use moisturizers several times daily. In infants, with atopic dermatitis, moisturizing on a regular basis (with each diaper change for example) is extremely helpful.
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It kind of wasted my time I think most of my infections were at school time so I think this was Year 6, 7 something like that, it really affected my school time ‘cos obviously Year 6 last year of primary school and stuff like that but SATS as well I think it was but yeh still it just affected valuable time as well because I could have been out of the hospital much quicker than two weeks if they had treated me with the right medicine, but yeh.
If the infection of the eczema is contagious, the person will usually be kept away from others for a few days to avoid passing it on. This was the case for Himesh who had to stay in a special room on his own whilst he was in hospital for impetigo.
There were some concerns and downsides to antibiotics taken for skin infections. Katie-Lauren had heard “loads of warnings about using antibiotics” and was worried that they might not work when she really needed them. However, she said that she trusts her doctor to know what’s best and will take antibiotics when prescribed them.
Sarah didn’t like some things about the antibiotics she had for her infected eczema, such as the smell/taste and that she couldn’t drink alcohol whilst taking them.
View full profile Age at interview: 23 Sex: Female SHOW TEXT VERSION PRINT TRANSCRIPT They were like ones where you took one antibiotic a day. The worst things about the, like when you have the, the boils and you take like the three antibiotics a day, like they absolutely stink. This is the kind of thing I think GPs never know about. So when I went back to the GP’s they were like, “Do you want the same antibiotics again?” I asked, “Do you know what these antibiotics smell like? Because if you did I don’t think you’d prescribe them to anybody.” Cos when you open the tub it just smelt like you wouldn’t believe it. And then you had to take them. And then you have that like taste in your mouth of these like disgusting antibiotics. But, yeah, I think that’s just antibiotics, isn’t it? They’re not very nice. You can’t drink on them. Some people had scars from their eczema having become infected. Vicky, Sarah and Hazel had scars from when they had chickenpox in combination with eczema. For more on scars and lasting marks from eczema, also see the section in Eczema symptoms: what does eczema look and like?. Text onlyRead below
Chickenpox worsened Vicky’s eczema and has left her with some scars.
View full profile Age at interview: 19 Sex: Female HIDE TEXT PRINT TRANSCRIPT I had the chickenpox when I was, that was I think it was before I started the steroids cos I know, I think I must have been four or five I think when I got it cos I know it was when I was sort of like in pre-school and school, I got it and I was covered in it. Like I had it on the balls of my feet, on the palms of my hand, everywhere and you couldn’t distinguish between what was chickenpox and what was eczema and I couldn’t move from it or anything, I was really quite ill.
Cos we lived in a maisonette at the time, on the top floor and there was quite a few steps to get up there, I couldn’t walk up and down them, I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t bend my legs cos where it was so sore behind there so cracked and everything and I couldn’t bend them. So I had to be carried everywhere then.
What to Do If You Have Eczema on Your Hands
This type of itchy rash usually shows up where you came into contact with something you’re allergic or sensitive to, be it a chemical, paint, wool, or a fragrance. You may also have swelling or blisters that pop and leak fluid.“Very commonly, looks just like eczema, but the distribution suggests there’s more of an external trigger,” says Dr. Patel.Contact dermatitis can also be hard to identify because it can show up 72 hours or more after the exposure. In some cases, it may even turn up unexpectedly, even if you’ve been using the same product–like your favorite shampoo–for years.“We don’t fully understand why, the immune system is not stagnant over time,” says Dr. Patel.Treat mild reactions with moisturizer and an over-the-counter topical corticosteroid and antihistamine. Talk to a doctor if you have a more severe case with a larger rash or swelling. Do your best to determine what you reacted to–so you can avoid it in the future. RELATED: 31 Everyday Things You Didn’t Know You Could Be Allergic To Blossom Peaches/Getty Images
You’ve probably heard of “dishpan hands,” a rash that occurs from dipping hands too often in a kitchen sink filled with soapy water. When most people use this term, however, they’re usually talking about hand eczema, also known as hand dermatitis. More than 30 million people in the U.S. have some form of eczema, a skin condition that causes red, itchy patches on the skin. Eczema can appear anywhere on the body, but it’s particularly bothersome when it shows up on the hands.
” has a huge impact on people’s lives when it’s severe or even in mild cases,” says Ross S. Levy, MD, chief of dermatology at Northern Westchester Hospital Center in Mount Kisco, N.Y.
Although experts aren’t sure exactly what causes eczema, most believe it’s likely a combination of a person’s environment and genetics. In the most common type, atopic dermatitis, the immune system is triggered by something and goes into overdrive, leading to sensitive, dry skin. The problem doesn’t go away and is treatable, although incurable. Certain things, such as allergens in food, dust exposure, or weather extremes, can make symptoms worse. Like eczema that appears elsewhere on the body, symptoms of hand eczema can include red, itchy, scaly, painful hands that are dry and chapped. Blood or pus may ooze from cracks and blisters on the skin.
“It could happen easily from washing your hands regularly or changes in temperature, people who are in a cold environment,” says Gil Yosipovitch, MD, professor of dermatology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and author of Living with Itch ($19; amazon.com). “These are very common things that can happen to a lot of people.”
Another type of hand eczema, called contact dermatitis, is linked to direct exposure to an irritating substance such as chemicals. Professionals whose hands often come in contact with chemicals are particularly at risk, such as hairdressers, cleaners, plumbers, and construction workers, as well as those who frequently wash their hands throughout the day, such as nurses.
Yet another type of hand eczema is dyshidrotic eczema. It can cause itchy blisters on the hands, fingers, feet, and toes. It’s often triggered by stress, moisture, and contact with certain metals such as nickel or cobalt.
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The key to both preventing and treating hand eczema is to find out what triggers it and avoid those triggers whenever possible. Here, a few smart strategies that may help keep hand eczema at bay. It’s also a good idea to see a dermatologist, who may suggest stronger topical or other treatments to treat underlying inflammation, depending on your symptoms.
• Limit contact with water, especially water that is hot and soapy. Wash dishes in a dishwasher if possible and clean hands with lukewarm water and fragrance-free soap.
• Apply a moisturizer right after cleaning hands and regularly throughout the day. ” the skin is extremely important,” says Dr. Yosipovitch. “It should be part of a daily routine.” Look for a brand that contains humectants or emollients.
• Stay away from antibacterial soaps. “These irritate the skin more than giving benefit,” says Dr. Yosipovitch. Waterless cleansers are more likely to contain alcohol and chemicals that may trigger a flare.
• Take care of any breaks or cuts on the skin before chemicals have a chance to come into contact with them and cause irritation.
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Eczema is an umbrella term for a reaction characterized by red, inflamed, and itchy skin. Studies show that 10.1% of the U.S. population or approximately 31.6 individuals have this problem. Researchers also found that those affected by eczema are more likely to develop asthma and allergic rhinitis. This condition is linked with anxiety, depression, and conduct disorder as well.
We believe that one of the reasons of eczema’s continuing prevalence and poor management is the lack of understanding about it. Today, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about eczema.
Q1: What Is Eczema?
What is eczema? It’s a chronic, recurrent inflammatory skin reaction. It commonly affects those with a family history of atopic conditions, such as asthma and hay fever. It causes dry, patchy, itchy, and even scaly areas on your skin. In more severe cases, your skin may also weep, bleed, and crust.
Q2: Can Stress Cause Eczema?
Eczema is associated with having a defective production of the protein filaggrin in your body. While stress does not directly cause eczema, it may result in rashes to flare up. Other triggers include humidity or temperature changes, intense emotions, and infections. Chemical irritants, like pesticides, astringents, and perfumed soaps, may also lead to eczema. Rough or scratchy fabrics and other physical irritants may give you the same skin reaction.
Q3: Is Eczema Contagious?
One of the top concerns when it comes to eczema is if it’s contagious. In general, this problem cannot be transferred from person to person. The most common form of eczema, atopic dermatitis, is non-communicable. This means you don’t have to worry about touching or mingling with individuals who have this skin condition.
That said, a certain kind of eczema, referred to as eczema herpeticum, is caused by the herpes simplex virus or HSV1. Being the same virus that causes common colds, others may easily catch this type of eczema through skin-to-skin contact. In addition, when your raw, irritated skin becomes infected, it’s possible that the bacteria or microorganism can be contagious.
Q4: If Eczema Is Not Contagious, How Do Others Get Eczema?
While the exact reason behind eczema development remains a gray area, experts found that it’s common among individuals with defective filaggrin production, a particular protein in your body. This is primarily hereditary, which means certain gene variations make you more likely of acquiring it. If you have a parent, sibling, or any other relative who has eczema, you’re at a higher risk of having to deal with this problem, as well.
Q5: How Does Eczema Spread?
Eczema is not transmissible from person to person. However, it can spread to different areas in your body. It may start from your face, then affect your cheeks, chin, and neck. You may also have eczema on your wrist, elbows, and even knees. Babies and young kids usually have eczema on exposed parts of their body, like the face, knees, and elbows.
Older children, on the other hand, usually have eczema rash on the sides of their neck, on the wrists, hands, and ankles. The skin on the inside of their elbows and behind their knees are also often inflamed. Meanwhile, the neck, hands, arms, and legs are common sites for adults. Keep in mind that scratching your skin can worsen the itchiness and other symptoms.
Q6: How Do I Know If It’s Eczema or Some Other Skin Problem?
Eczema pattern and symptoms may appear similar with other skin conditions. Atopic dermatitis, the most common form of eczema, is sometimes misdiagnosed for psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, or contact dermatitis. The best way to confirm if you or your kids have eczema is to seek expert advice. Schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as you see rashes forming on your body. Your healthcare provider has the knowledge, training, and instruments to determine whether you have eczema or some other type of skin problem.
Q7: Should Someone With Eczema Avoid Certain Foods?
Roughly 10 to 15% of eczema cases have been positively linked to food allergies. The most common culprits include, eggs, fish, and nuts. Milk, soy, and wheat often cause hypersensitivity reactions, as well.
While there’s no restrictions when it comes to swimming in a pool or seawater, the chlorine and salt in these places may further irritate your skin. This may ultimately lead to eczema rash flare-ups. What you can do is to observe proper hygiene measures before and after taking a dip. Rinse off completely, pat yourself dry (avoid rubbing your skin), and apply a generous amount of moisturizing or eczema creams on your body.
Q9: How About Participating in Sports and Other Physical Activities?
You may play sports or participate in physical activities. Keep in mind, however, that sweat may irritate your inflamed skin, which may worsen the itchiness. Remember to rinse off and pat dry yourself completely as much as you can. Don’t forget to lather on moisturizing creams or lotions afterward.
Q10: Is It Okay to Spend Time Under the Sun?
There are studies showing spending time in the sun helps improve eczema. There are fewer episodes of eczema rashes during the warm and summer months. That said, it’s best to observe protective measures during this time, such as using wide-brimmed hats and taking cover under a shade whenever you can.
Q11: Once You Get Eczema, Can You Get It Again?
Eczema, particularly atopic dermatitis, is a recurring and long-term condition. This means it can come and go over the years. One day you’re okay and the next you may have rashes all over your body. This often happens when you come in contact with your specfic trigger.
Q12: How to Get Rid of Eczema?
There’s no definite answer on how to get rid of eczema. There are things you can do, however, to help manage the condition, relieve your symptoms, and maintain your well-being. For one, observe proper hygiene measures all the time. Moisturize daily. Refrain from rubbing or scratching your skin, as well. If you can, avoid exposing yourself to temperature extremes and from your specific triggers. Try to find ways to manage stress, like practicing breathing and relaxation techniques.
Q13: Is There a Soap Specifically for Eczema?
Using mild, non-irritating soap is a must for those with eczema. As they don’t contain perfumes, dyes, or other chemicals that are drying or harsh on your skin, they won’t lead to rash breakouts. One of the best in the market is Naples Soap Company’s Eczema Soap. It’s clinically tested, revealing its homeopathic properties that are effective in taming those flare-ups.
Handcrafted in the U.S., the Eczema Soap only uses natural and premier ingredients, like fucus vesiculosus (tinc), hydrocotyle asiatica (tinc), and yogurt extract. It also contains sodium palmate, as well as three times of aloe and melissa officinalis. Sodium cocoate, glycerin, avena sativa (oat), and kernel flour were added too. Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, sodium citrate, alcohol, and sodium chloride are included in the formulation. All of them are FDA-approved and registered.
Dyshidrotic Eczema Treatments and Other Types of Eczema Treatments
Eczema management is intended to cut the root cause of this skin problem. While it’s unknown what actually causes the defective filaggrin production, treatments are available to control your triggers and symptoms. If you have dyshidrotic eczema, for example, you should take extra measures to protect yourself during allergy seasons. For those with atopic eczema, keep your skin hydrated, lubricated, and moisturized always to prevent other problems, like eczema herpeticum.
About Deanna Wallin and Naples Soap Company (Specific to Eczema)
As someone who has struggled with eczema herself, Deanna Wallin, Naples Soap Company Founder & CEO, understands your needs. She used her knowledge and experience as a nurse and licensed aesthetician to create a solution to this problem. With her persistence and dedication, she was able to develop a collection dedicated to treat eczema and other skin problems, known as The Eczema Kit™.
The Eczema Kit is a nine-item regimen formulated to effectively cleanse, soothe, and treat your affected skin. It contains a bar of The Eczema Soap and two Sea Salt Soaps. They help detoxify your pores, which is great news for those with acne. The Sea Salt Scrub, on the other hand, gently exfoliates your skin, improving blood circulation in your body. Meanwhile, the Body Butter helps lock in moisture, giving your skin the nourishment it needs.
The Face Cream can be used in the morning and at night. For intensive moisturizing while on the go, you can count on the Moisturizer Stick. The Shampoo and Conditioner Bars are ideal for those with sensitive scalps. They also come in a travel case, so you can continue your regimen wherever you may be. This way, you won’t have to worry about eczema flare ups, letting you enjoy your time away from home.
To learn more about the different types of eczema and the wonders of The Eczema Kit, get in touch with us at (239) 325-8263 or (888) 256-8265. You may also send us a message or shop online. We look forward to hearing from you.