How to improve atopic dermatitis
There are several factors that aggravate or trigger episodes of atopic dermatitis. Therefore, we must take into account a number of tips that can help improve conditions of people with atopic dermatitis. Among the main negative factors, there are the following:
– Stress: It is negative for disease progression and may aggravate or trigger this reaction. Providing a relaxed atmosphere and taking appropriate measures to reduce stress contributes to space outbreaks or reduce negative symptoms. Psychological treatment would be positive in anxious patients or natural treatment for stress reduction.
– Seasonal changes: Changes in temperature or humidity and drought can enhance or damage the symptoms. Low humidity conditions worsen symptoms. Households with central heating in winter or air conditioning in summer dries the air. The excess of heat produces increased sweating that is not appropriate.
Extreme temperatures, both heat and cold, worsen the symptoms. We should take care to to maintain the patient in a warm and humid atmosphere. Heating should not be too high or air conditioning too low. Using a humidifier can help keep the humidity higher.
– Personal changes: Some patients may improve or deteriorate when they change their living conditions. Changes in address, work, friends, etc can cause adverse or positive reactions. We must consider this factor to apply the appropriate remedy.
– Garments: Some items, such as wool, can worsen symptoms in some patients. It is better to use other fabrics such as cotton. It is important to use adequate clothing to protect the patient from cold or heat.
– Irritating Substances: The contact with irritating substances is detrimental for these patients. Avoid the most of this type of substances such as detergents, non-organic soaps, moisturizers containing urea, lactic acid or propylene glycol.
– Foods that cause allergy: Particularly allergenic foods should be monitored, like seafood, fish, eggs, nuts, chocolate, maize, peanuts, strawberries, tomatoes, citruses, wheat or soy. In this way, you can see if any of them is responsible. (More information on food allergy in the listing above)
– Too long baths: Too long bath or washes can worsen the symptoms, since they dry the skin. It is better to space the frequency of these and not not maintain contact with the water for too long.
The use of soap should be restricted to a minimum, especially when it comes to “normal” soaps that tend to be too irritating. It is best to use a glycerin based soap or use natural soap with herbs. It is very convenient to apply a diluted vegetable oil or vaseline to moisturize dry areas after contact with water. The use of lotions is not appropriate.
Drying vigorously with a towel after cleaning can be counterproductive. Drying is best done with a very soft towel and giving little touches on the skin.
– Infections of the skin: The presence of other infections or skin diseases may promote the development of an outbreak. People affected feel the need to scratch, which determines that these areas can lead to infected sores. To prevent scratching, especially when it affects children, the areas can be covered with gauze. It is very convenient to cut the patient’s nails properly to avoid greater problems.
– Hormonal changes: The transition from one life stage to another with the consequent hormonal changes can trigger atopic dermatitis by altering the conditions of the skin.
– Dehydration: A dry skin, consequence of the dehydration, is more conducive to outbreaks. We must supply the skin the proper hydration. Internally, this can be accomplished with an adequate intake of water, fruit juices, fruit or vegetables or by hydrating natural remedies. Externally, the application of moisturizers on the whole body is essential.
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