Different triggers can make eczema worse, including
- environmental stress,
- allergies, and
Treatment consists of:
- adequate skin hydration,
- avoidance of allergenic precipitants,
- topical anti-inflammatory medications,
- systemic antihistamines, and
- Antibiotic coverage of secondary infections.
How to Prevent Irritation?
- One of the most helpful things you can do is to prevent irritation before it happens.
- Moisturizing: It should be a part of your child’s daily treatment plan and must be applied at least once a day or more often if needed.
- Avoid irritants: Patients who are sensitive to abrasive fabrics or chemicals in bath soaps and detergents should wear soft fabrics, i.e., 100% cotton clothing and take short baths with mild, fragrance-free body cleansers.
- Ask your child to avoid scratching: Scratching the infected area makes the rash worse and leads to infection.
- Avoid certain triggers: Try avoiding the overheating, sweating and stress if they trigger the symptoms of eczema.
- Ask your child’s doctor if allergies are a cause of eczema:
Allergies to food, pets, or pollens can trigger the rash or make it worse. If your child’s eczema is caused by an allergy, escape the trigger if possible.
Always remember that eczema is a chronic skin disorder. It requires on-going supervision by you, your child, and your child’s pediatrician. In case the patient’s eczema does not show improvement, discuss your concerns with your child’s pediatrician.