Daily care

 
 

The home and the environment

clothing daily care eczema

Clothing :

  • Avoid excess clothing on children.
    (Perspiration causes itching).
  • Prefer cotton clothes, soft to the touch (avoid synthetic materials and wool, which are often itchy).
  • Use regular laundry detergent, but rinse well.
  • Avoid drying laundry outside during the pollination season.
home daily care atopic eczema

Home :

  • Do not overheat the bedroom.
  • Air the room out in all seasons.
  • Avoid potential allergens: dust, animal hair, mites
  • Avoid rugs, and feather pillows and duvets
  • In the close environment, avoid having cats, dogs, rabbits, hamsters…
  • No tobacco in any circumstance…
sun atopic eczema daily care

Sun :

  • Spontaneous improvements often occur in the summer.
  • At times, poor tolerance (itching caused by sweat) so be careful!
seaside atopic eczema daily care

Seaside :

  • No problem (unless presence of weeping lesions that will sting).
  • Rinse afterwards, as the salt on the skin causes smarting.
nails atopic eczema daily care

Nails :

  • Cut nails short to avoid excoriation when scratching.
sports atopic eczema daily care

Sports :

  • No problem, as long as there is no excessive perspiration; always rinse under a shower after exertion and apply an emollient to avoid pruritis.
swimming pool atopic eczema

Swimming pool :

  • No problem, but rinse under the shower, then apply an emollient.
  • If needed, you can apply a protective cream.
vaccinations atopic eczema

Vaccinations :

  • Have them done normally.

 

Anything else?

  • This is the role of atopy schools, to listen to patients and parents, and address their individual problems.

 

Hygiene and moisturizationshower hygiene atopic eczema.

Hygiene

 
  • Water temperature between 32° and 34° (heat increases skin dryness and reactivates inflammations).
  • A five minute shower every day (hard water dries the skin, chlorine irritates it).
  • Turn the water off when washing (reduces the time of contact between the skin and the water).
  • For those who like baths and for children: add a liquid emollient to the bath to neutralize water hardness. 10 to 15 minutes at most so that the contact with the municipal water is not too long. 
  • Wash with soap-free products (dermatological gel or bar) as the PH is closest to that of the skin and does not aggravate skin dryness.
  • Wash with your hands (cleaner than a washcloth).
  • Wash hair with dermatological shampoos that are soft or intended for frequent use.
  • Gently cleanse the face.
  • Do not use cotton, as rubbing can irritate.
  • Create lather with the cleansing products using finger tips.
  • Remove the excess product with a tissue or rinse.
  • Finish with thermal water spray and dry by patting, as rubbing reactivates pruritis.

 

Moisturization

 

  • Daily moisturization  of the skin with an emollient is crucial.daily moisturization atopic eczema

It softens the skin.

It hydrates the skin.

It protects the skin.
 

  • Its benefits have been proven

The skin barrier function is restored.

Itching and irritation sensations are reduced.
 

 

A few recommendations

recommendations hygiene daily care atopic eczema

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Remember to wash your hands before applying the emollient.
Apply the emollient once or twice a day according to the doctor's prescription.
Apply the emollient after every shower.

  • The cream is easier to apply on skin that is slightly damp.


Choose hypoallergenic emollients.

  • Hypoallergenic does not mean anallergic.
  • Risks are minimized.
  • All the ingredients are selected to be as non-allergenic as possible.
 

Apply a thin layer of the emollient.

  • An occlusion on injured skin favors superinfection.
     

It is important to continue applying the emollient even when the state of the skin is satisfactory.

 

Find an alternative to scratching

100% of individuals suffering from eczema scratch.

Scratching is a consequence of the itching caused by the pathologies.
Consequences: abrasions, risks of superinfection and thickening of the skin (lichenification).
The compulsive need to scratch leads to a vicious cycle.

viscious circle atopic eczema itchingWhat you need to know:

  • The less scratch my skin, the less it will itch.
  • The less I scratch, the less I feel like scratching.


The causes of itching:

  • Skin dryness.
  • A scratching habit.
  • Stress.

To tell a child to stop scratching is useless.
The comment will exasperate the child and make him or her want to scratch even more.
So an alternative to scratching has to be found!

 

Here are a few alternatives

  • Moisturizing: prevents and soothes itching.
     
  • Thermal water: apply prolonged sprays or compresses soaked in thermal water, then an emollient.
     
  • Cold: "anesthetizes" itching.
    Put the thermal water spray in the refrigerator.
    Spray the thermal water, then ventilate to increase a feeling of freshness.
    You can use gel packs; make sure they are covered to avoid direct contact with the skin.
    You can also use smooth stones, wooden rollers …
     
  • For itching at night, remember to apply an emollient before going to bed and keep thermal water spray and a moisturizing cream on the night table.

 

The daily recommendations are drawn from the training DVD.