How To Treat Eczema

Eczema is a skin rash that often affects kids. It can be particularly difficult to control and the urge to itch is almost unavoidable. The use of palliative salves and distractions like smartphones and kiddy shows can help, but the itch is almost always stronger than the solution.

Some great home remedies for fighting the itch of eczema include:

  1. Warm baths with oatmeal—Soaking in a warm bath will help reduce the itch. Applying an ointment like petroleum jelly after soaking the skin is also good. Colloidal oatmeal in a lukewarm bath is one of the best ways to combat this. After fifteen or twenty minutes, towel dry and leave the skin just a little bit damp before adding more ointment.
  2. Increase activities—Fun activities and other distractions will help take your child’s mind off the itch.
  3. Cold compress therapy—A cold compress can help soothe the itchiness. Placing a cold and damp towel on the area and applying a moisturizing lotion will also help.
  4. Stress reduction—One of the most common causes of an outbreak of eczema is anxiety and stress. Keeping your kid calm and happy can help reduce the occurrence of these kinds of skin irritations.

Treating and preventing episodes of childhood or adult eczema can be difficult and are often best left to the care of an experienced dermatologist. Dr. Juan Vaillant of Old Bridge Dermatology has been treating patients for hair, skin, and nail problems for over 30 years, and has the extensive background needed to help address a variety of dermatological issues. Dr. Vaillant has successfully treated acneeczemadandruffhair loss, psoriasis, and nail fungus. If you are looking for an amiable, highly skilled dermatologist, call our office in Old Bridge, NJ at (732) 679-0222and make an appointment.