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    Eczema - Part II
    Susan Evans, MD posted:
    Keep an eczema diary. Certain things make eczema worse, and when you notice your eczema worsening, look back and see what caused it. Some people react to certain foods. Some react to fabrics such as wool. Most eczema sufferers avoid strong soaps and detergents. When they find a soap they can tolerate, they will never change.

    Stress is a big problem with eczema. Finding ways to handle stress are helpful overall for general health as well as eczema.

    Try to avoid irritating your skin. Take short and relatively cool showers rather than soaking in hot baths or saunas. Do not scrub hard. Very gentle exfoliation with a washcloth is appropriate once or twice a week, but avoid irritating the surface of the skin where you're having an eczema outbreak.

    Take the medications that your doctor has prescribed, and ask what you can expect when taking them. Topical steroid cream is most commonly prescribed. More severe eczema requires stronger medications.

    For the most severe eczema, you may need to include more than one doctor in your care. Your dermatologist may have a great deal of expertise in eczema, but because it is a complex and complicated condition, you may also be seeing an allergist too.

    For now, there is no absolute cure for eczema. It is considered to be a life-long condition, and learning to manage your flare-ups becomes a way of life. Having a good line of communication with your doctor(s) is the best tool in this battle. When your flare-ups aren't responding to medication, go back and ask for a re-evaluation. Your doctor won't know something is not working unless you provide feedback.

    Eczema is becoming a more and more common problem throughout the world with 1 in 5 children being diagnosed with this condition. As more is learned about eczema, better ways to handle it will result.
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