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Seven top tips for managing eczema this National Eczema Week

Written by Samantha Lade, Donr

Published on Thursday, 20th September 2018

Top tips for managing eczema this National Eczema Week

During this week's National Eczema Week (15th – 23rd September), The National Eczema Society are urging everyone to 'Take action on eczema'.

The charity say that many people aren't managing their eczema as well as they could – and that we all need a nudge sometimes to make some improvements!

Eczema is a highly personal condition and people respond differently to triggers and treatments. Sometimes, a few things need to be tried before finding a self-management regimen that works best for each individual.

Here are The National Eczema Society's seven top tips:

1. Keep your home cool to ease itching – around 18°C is ideal.

2. Go fragrance-free. Anything with a strong scent, from soap to air freshener, may be irritating to your skin.

3. Mind the gap! Leave at least 10 minutes – or ideally longer – between applying an emollient and a tropical steroid. This stops the steroid spreading to areas of skin unaffected by eczema or being diluted. It doesn't matter which is applied first.

4. Pinch itchy skin rather than scratching it, to avoid damaging the skin's barrier. 

5. Use your emollients at least twice a day to prevent dryness, and at other times whenever your skin feels dry and itchy.

6. Go back to basics on skincare. Check with a healthcare professional for advice to make sure you're applying your creams properly and managing your eczema triggers as best you can.

7. Don't cut foods out of your diet without medical advice unless you or your child have been diagnosed with a food allergy. If you cut foods without support, you may miss out on important nutrients.

For more advice on managing your eczema call the National Eczema Society Helpline on 0800 089 1122 (8am-8pm, Monday-to-Friday) or visit their website.