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How To Control Eczema In Isolated Areas

Updated on August 4, 2017

Eczema, the skin condition that I’ve had for my entire life. You know when it’s coming, and when it’s there it just sucks. Your skin is intensely dried; it starts to crack up, and you even bleeding. I’m fortune enough that eczema only appears on my hands and neck but it’s still no walk in the park. If you have eczema you know what I mean. Over the years I’ve been to the doctors office, the dermatologist and even the emergency room. I’ve been told there is no official “cure” for eczema but you can always control it. That is what I hope to accomplish with this hub. All the tips I’ve received and all I’ve learned will be passed down to you. Hopefully it’ll do you good as it does me and I hope you’ll pass the advice down.

Definitely See a Doctor

First off all, I’d definitely recommend seeing a dermatologist to get some sort of prescription cream. If your having trouble seeing one, it’s still best to pick up any eczema cream you can find at your local CVS or Walgreens. (I bought plenty and I forgot most of the names but I do remember one, “Zinc Oxide”) I’ve had them all but it got to the point wear my dermatologist say they might need to induce me to steroid to get rid of it. I stayed away from that and took it into my own hands.

Any cream you do pick up, follow the instructions carefully. If it says use for ten days, use it for ten days, even if it’s healed in five. I was dumb enough to stop early and yes you guessed it; it returned in a few days prone to the cream they gave me.

Now lets get down to it: The Procedure

-When your skin is enflamed in eczema or you know it’s coming (If you have Eczema you’ll know what I’m talking about.) Limit your time in the water. Either take shorter showers or take a shower every other day. Sure while being in the water your skin feels loosened but the longer your in the shower the more moisture in your skin is actually lost. And if it comes down to it debating between the two, bathing or showering, go for a bath, it’ll put less pressure on the skin. Only warm water, heck if you can take it, cold water. Again hot water will remove moisture from your skin, which will worsen or start eczema.

-Once out of the water, lightly pat yourself dry. Do not rub towel against your skin, it’ll start a rash, and to everyone with eczema when that rash is there, you know it’ll get worse.

-Once dry apply a magical moisturizing cream called, “Cerave”. I highly recommend getting it and getting the jar version. Once you apply it to your skin you’ll instantly feel a huge tension drop on your skin. It’s a smooth sensation that I haven’t received from any other lotion, cream, moisturizing product.

-Use a humidifier. I own the “Cool Mist Humidifier”. You could find it at any walmart. My house is relatively hot and dry which is apart of the reason I get serious eczema. I was recommended by my dermatologist to balance out the dry air I have in my house. I leave it on while I sleep, now I haven’t done any testing with this because from what I know it’s working and I don’t want to stop it.


Keep yourself active. A close friend gave me this advice. He explained the shot the doctors were ready to give me was to boost up my testosterone. Which working out does as well, probably not as much as what you’d get from the shot, but hey it’s a start right?

Well those are the tips I have for you. I’ve been doing all the above and I’m pretty clear of eczema. Of course it comes back every now and then but that’s a burden I will have to live with. I do highly recommend the Cerave cream. Good luck and I hope it all works well for you as well!

Be Aware

Don’t rub on it. Pretty much the basic idea and its definitely no surprise here. But its hard not too and trust me I know your pain. The best idea is to apply whatever cream your using onto it and wrap it up. When eczema came onto my hands I covered my hands up just because didn’t want people to see my hands that badly beaten up. After a while I unwrapped it and to my surprise it felt less irritating and looked less cut up. No huge difference but enough to get my hopes high.


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    • Leniscool profile image

      Leniscool 7 years ago

      Sun a definite factor. I notice when I go out for a job in the daytime my skin dries up and it gets irritating. After this Im tempted to scratch or rub which leads to a rash. WHICH EVENTUALLY ENDS UP GROSS! Haha. But on a serious note, don't exclude yourself from the sun, just make sure you're moisturized so the sun doesn't irritate your skin too much! Good luck!

    • The Smiling Man profile image

      The Smiling Man 7 years ago from USA

      A most useful hub. A friend of mine has eczema and tell me that lack of sunlight is a large factor in her breakouts, usually during winter. Is this the case with you? Is sunlight a factor?

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      Leniscool 7 years ago

      Hey I'm glad you enjoyed the hub! Thanks for the comment! And good luck to your son! It must be really tough for him. Remember when picking out Cerave grab the jar version. I've had both the bottle and jar and the jar version just feels much better! Cheers to restoring moisture to skin! lol

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      Lamme 7 years ago

      Hi Leniscool, welcome to HubPages! This is a great article on eczema. My son has eczema and has suffered with it since he was a baby ... of course, he's only 7 now :) Anyway, I know how horrible it can get, the poor kid would be bleeding and couldn't sleep. My heart goes out to anyone who has had to deal with this. The doctors have given him different steroid creams, but I try to avoid them. I'm definitely going to try the Cerave cream you suggest. Thanks for all the useful information.