An education on eczema

Get the lowdown on eczema and learn what you can to do to keep it under control  

Eczema is an inflammatory condition, which causes inflamed, red, or sore skin. It can begin during childhood, adolescence, or adulthood and range from mild to severe.

There's no known cure for eczema, and the rashes won't go away if left untreated. For most people, eczema is a chronic condition that requires careful avoidance of triggers to help prevent flare-ups

The most common type is atopic eczema which causes the skin to become itchy, dry and cracked. Although it can affect any part of the body, it most often affects the hands, insides of the elbows, backs of the knees and the face and scalp.

Anxiety and stress are common triggers that cause eczema to flare up, which then creates more anxiety and stress. Eczema flare-ups occur more frequently or get worse in the winter because of the dry air combined with indoor heating systems which all dry out your skin.

Thankfully there are a number of ways to help manage and prevent future flare ups.

Moisturize your skin at least twice a day using emollients. These are moisturising treatments applied directly to the skin to soothe and hydrate it. They come in variety of formats including bath oils, creams, ointments or sprays.

Use meditation techniques to relieve eczema itches. While it won’t cure the condition, research shows that meditation for eczema is a legitimate coping mechanism to calm flare-ups. To break the itching cycle, do something else with

your hands whenever you're tempted. Distract yourself with an activity or simply clench and unclench your fists until the urge goes away.

If your eczema symptoms continue to get worse you should always consult your GP.