Eczema: Prevention and Complications

Prevention Tips

  • Learning your eczema triggers and how to avoid them.
  • Managing temperature inside your home to keep skin moist and prevention from sweat.
  • Avoid scratching and try to stay away from rough, scratchy fibres and tight clothing.
  • Applying a moisturiser within three minutes after bathing to "lock in" the moisture.
  • Changing bed linen regularly, using specialized dust mite prevention covers.
  • Reducing daily stress.
  • Removing carpets and rugs from houses (if possible) and keeping pets outside.

Watch Out

  • Severe itching with pain
  • Oozing out of fluid or blood
  • Lesions
  • Rough, leathery skin
Eczema Watch out

When to See Doctor

Consult a doctor if you
  • Develop an itchy rash
  • Develop crust or pus-filled, painful, small, fluid-filled blisters in the areas of eczema
  • Have severe itching or pain on skin
  • When the skin becomes so irritated that it breaks down and becomes infected; if the rash has become red, hot, and painful; if red streaks are coming from the rash
  • Have fever 

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