Most of my close friends would know that I have been battling with eczema at the age of 20 over. And the cause of that is … STRESS.
Thankfully, mine started out pretty mild, and it has been under control for a few years after taking injections (steroids), anti-histamines and TCM.
I know how eczema can affect your work life and private life, so let me share with you what I have learn and also the tips I have been taking regularly to make sure that my eczema doesn’t recur back.
So, if you realize that your itch isn’t going off, and red patches have started to come out, you can try the following:
Things to do to help alleviate the itch
- See a doctor, and ask the doctor to prescribe you with anti-histamine to stop the itch.
- Think of anything that could trigger this (e.g., change of make up, dirty clothings and etc.,)
- Shower with room temperature or cold water (lukewarm water may make it worse)
- Use Cetaphil Body wash and moisturizer (I will explain this in a while)
- Apply a thin layer of anti-histamine cream (only if the doctor has prescribed you one)
- Apply moisturizer
- Avoid any spicy or heaty food.
- Change to a new set of clothes and towel after showering.
- Change your bed sheets every month (preferred)
- Keep your nails short
Above are my tips for helping to cope with eczema.
Personally, I recommend Cetaphil over Aveeno. Sadly, I can no longer use Aveeno because I’m allergic to oats, and it also includes colloidal oats which will give me a bad rash.
Cetaphil is much lighter, and it helps to cleanse your skin. Though pricey, but I guess it is worth your every single cent spent on it.
As for the types of anti-histamine, I have tried a few out as prescribed by my family doctor, and it does work. Here are a few that I recommend!
Types of Anti-histamine
- Telfast (Take in the morning as it is non-drowsy)
- Chlorphenamine (To be taken only at night, as this is VERY drowsy. Usually used for flu medication)
- Zrytec (Another drowsy antihistamine)
- Loratadine (My family doctor says it is a non-drowsy medicine, but I still feel the drowsiness when I take it)
I don’t think these medicines are that strong, but if you’re worried, you can ask your doctor about these medicines.
For moisturizer/cream, I would recommend Cetaphil’s moisturizer because it is very rich. However, it can be costly if you’re going to buy at the pharmacies, so I recommend you to head down to Ocean (located at Level 3 of People’s Park Complex) at Chinatown to get as it can be around $4 cheaper than the retail price.
I hope the tips are of use to everyone, and everyone who is trying to cope with eczema.