Stay-at-home treatments of Atopic Dermatitis Stay-at-home treatments of Atopic Dermatitis
Atopic dermatitis

Stay-at-home treatments of Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis, or Eczema, is an immune-oriented dermatological condition in which dry and scaly patches appear on the skin. These patches are quite itchy and cause immense discomfort. The urge to scratch the affected areas is irresistible. However, the itch-and-scratch cycle worsens the condition of the individual. Rampant scratching produces micro tears in skin which allows the germs and allergens to enter the skin. Researchers are still finding a cure for this dermatological condition. However, this disease can be managed and treated well at home.

Give bleach bath a try.

So far bleach has always been about cosmetic and laundry purpose. Bleach does not disappoint you even when you are fighting eczema. In a 40 gallon bathtub filled with lukewarm water add half cup bleach. Get into the tub and make yourself comfortable. Ensure that all the affected parts are submerged into the water. Do not submerge the head at all. Observe how your skin responses for next 1-2 minutes. If all goes well stay there for 10 minutes and then leave. Take bleach bath for 2-3 times each week but not more. Bleach protects the skin against bacterial infections.

…or baking soda and oatmeal, maybe?

In a bathtub add optimum quantity of baking soda and uncooked oatmeal. A specific oatmeal called colloidal oatmeal is also available which is finely ground for this particular purpose. Get into the tub and relax. Submerge your body in the water and make yourself comfortable. Stay there for 10 minutes and let the baking soda and oatmeal do their job.

Say ‘Goodbye’ to scented soaps.

Soaps with perfumes and dyes trigger the eczematic skin to itch and burn. It is time to switch to mild soaps. It is necessary to control or quit all possible triggers. Use a mild and perfume-free soap and shampoo to clean your body and hair. There are multiple options for you to choose from.

Moisturize moisturize and moisturize.

The word ‘moisturize’ is written thrice so you remember the formula: 3 x 3 is 9. As soon as you take bath or wash the affected areas apply heavy-duty ointments or moisturizers on the skin to trap the moisture inside. In eczema, the skin is different from that of individuals without eczema. It is desert-dry because it does not have the tendency to trap water. Cracking and scratching of skin occurs commonly. Therefore, ensure moisturizing at least nine times. Doing so will not trigger irritation. Apply moisturizers on your feet and put on the socks. Let them stay overnight. In morning, you will wake up to fresh and healthy skin.

Say ‘Hello’ to aloe.

The very famous aloe vera is plant widely used for cosmetic purpose. Hair and skin are the prime areas for its use. The gel of aloe vera has anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, immune-system boosting and wound-healing properties. With the help of spoon, knife or fork extract the gel and blend it in a blender to make a slippery paste. Apply aloe vera on a small patch of skin and see the response. If it stings or burns then avoid using it.

Unprocessed coconut oil is the best moisturizer.

Coconut oil has remarkable anti-bacteria properties. Apply this oil on the skin to prevent the bacteria from entering the cracked and inflamed skin. It is important to use chemical-free unprocessed coconut oil. This is by far the most effective moisturizer for individuals with atopic dermatitis.

Your skin demands a humidifier!

In eczema, skin has zero tolerance towards dryness especially in winters. Dry air exacerbates the condition of the skin. Install a humidifier in the room you spent most of your time in.

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Written by Zac Hyde M.D.