It is said that about 20% people suffer from atopic dermatitis at some point or the other in their life. Atopic dermatitis is a skin condition in which your skin loses its ability to retain moisture and becomes abnormally dry, red and itchy.
But the good news is that if you can detect that you are suffering from atopic dermatitis at an early stage of developing the condition, it can be easily cured with some home remedies.
Want to know how you can find relief from all the itching and inflammation? Here are 7 easy to follow self-care measures that will help you combat the pain and infection that atopic dermatitis brings along.
- Pay attention to how you dress
We don’t realize that sometimes in the craze to follow trends and look fashionable, we compromise on comfort and health. If you are suffering from atopic dermatitis or any skin disorder for that matter, the first thing to do is to ditch tight, rough and uncomfortable clothes. Instead wear cotton, cool fabric, and high-quality smooth texture clothes. By doing so, you would be reducing the irritation that the skin condition brings along. Also, don’t forget to dress according to the weather. In summers and while working out, make sure that you wear clothes that will prevent you from excessive sweating.
- Say no to stress
You might be surprised to know that stress and anxiety can affect atopic dermatitis. Stress is said to increase your suffering and inflammation induced by atopic dermatitis. This is because when you are stressed, you release a stress hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is said to hypersensitive your brain to pain. This means that when you are stressed, you will feel more pain and inflammation if you suffer from atopic dermatitis.
- Consider investing in a humidifier
If your indoor air quality is not good, then it might affect your skin condition. A hot and dry air inside the house might add to your skin dryness and make your skin condition worse. So, it is best to invest in a good humidifier in your house that will ensure that your house will have the right amount of moisture in the air. Good quality clean air plays an important role for your health.
- Buy mild skin care products
You might have observed that in a day, you expose your skin to several kinds and types of skin products without giving much thought to it. Many of these products might contain harsh chemicals that are doing more harm to your skin than good. So, instead of using harsh soaps, try investing In organic soaps that are non alkaline. When it comes to deodorants, since they are directly sprayed on your skin surface, make sure that you use a high-quality chemical free product.
- Indulge in a warm shower
If you have a habit of unwinding after a busy day by taking a long hot shower, then you might want to reconsider it. It is advised that if you are suffering from atopic dermatitis, then it is best to take a warm or even a lukewarm shower. You can also consider taking a dilute bleach bath or a salt bath that will help to kill the bacteria on your skin and will help you stay clear of any skin infection. Once you come out of a shower, pat your skin dry and then immediately apply a generous amount of moisturizer to your entire body, especially to the affected area.
- Apply moisturizer
Since your skin will be almost as barren as a dessert because of the condition, now it is even more important for you to moisturize your skin. Invest in good skin care products like bath oils, essential oils, creams and ointments and pamper yourself with a good massage. Make sure that you at least moisturize your skin twice a day to help your skin stay moisturized. Note that using petroleum jelly over ointments and creams is found to be more effective in many atopic dermatitis cases.
- Suppress the urge to scratch
Along with dryness, atopic dermatitis is likely to make your skin itchy and easily irritable. You will often be tempted to scratch the daylights out of your skin, but remember that would be the worst possible thing you can ever do. Instead of itching the affected area, you can instead try pressing the skin to get some temporary relief. If your kid is suffering from atopic dermatitis, then you can consider trimming their nails and covering their hands with woolen mittens so that they won’t be able to scratch the itch.
If you feel that even after trying all the home remedies, your skin condition has not improved, it is best to seek professional help and see a dermatologist.