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.
- 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.