Below is a list of frequently asked questions common to eczema sufferers as well as parents or family members of eczema sufferers.

Select the question below to find the answer. If you have a question that does not appear on this list, feel free to contact us and we’d be happy to provide you with the necessary resources to help you find the answer.

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  • Keeping your skin moist and well hydrated (e.g. applying moisturizer several times throughout the day) is the best defence against recurrent flares.
  • Use a cool-mist humidifier in the house or in the bedroom of the eczema sufferer, especially during the dry winter months. Clean as directed to prevent potential mold growth.
  • Avoid overheating and sweating when possible as it increases itchiness and can worsen eczema.
  • Cotton clothing is often best tolerated by people with eczema.
  • Avoid harsh soaps and try to select products that are formulated for eczema and/or sensitive skin.
  • Keep nails trimmed short and filed smooth. Damage done from scratching may be the biggest contributing factor to eczema flares, inflammation, and bacterial infection.
  • Eczema is not contagious. You cannot “catch” it from a school playmate.
  • Ensure that you use your prescription products as recommended by your doctor.
  • Eczema sufferers often use too little, rather than too much, of their topical treatments, which reduces the effectiveness of the medication.