Skin asthma is no joke. While it’s not as severe as actual asthma, it’s still a great deal to bare for someone suffering from this disease. I can empathize with people suffering from skin asthma, otherwise known as eczema. It’s uncomfortable and a chore to constantly maintain your skin.
That said, I can provide you with first-hand insight regarding what you can do to take care of your skin while suffering from eczema. I will briefly discuss what skin asthma is, and provide tips that can help you battle the everyday challenges of this disease. Without further ado, let’s get right into it.
What is Skin Asthma and its causes?
Skin asthma, also known as eczema, is a condition characterized by dry, itchy, and inflamed skin. It is a chronic condition that can be caused by a combination of factors, including genetics, environmental triggers, and an overactive immune response. Environmental triggers can include things like exposure to certain chemicals, irritants, or allergens, as well as changes in temperature or humidity.
In some cases, skin asthma can be linked to underlying conditions such as allergies or a weakened immune system. The exact cause of skin asthma is not known, but it is believed to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
As somebody suffering from this ailment, skin asthma is indeed triggered by various environmental factors. In my case, both extreme heat and frigid weather can cause my skin to break out. In addition, my father suffers from skin asthma as well, so I most certainly inherited it from him.
Now that we know, what skin asthma or eczema is and what causes it, here are some tips to help manage and care for skin asthma or eczema:
- Keep your skin moisturized
This is very important if you don’t want to constantly breakout. Moisturize your skin regularly to help prevent dryness and itching. Look for lotions or creams that are fragrance-free and non-comedogenic, which means they won’t clog your pores.
- Avoid triggers
Identify and avoid things that can trigger your eczemas, such as certain soaps, fragrances, or fabrics. As previously mentioned, my triggers include extreme weather. So, if you haven’t identified your triggers, it could probably be your environment.
- Take lukewarm showers or baths
Hot water can dry out your skin and make eczema worse. Use lukewarm water and avoid long showers or baths. While it’s simple, it helps out a lot.
- Use mild soaps
Use mild, fragrance-free soaps to cleanse your skin. Avoid using harsh soaps or detergents that can strip your skin of its natural oils. I learned this one the hard way, buying expensive soap that didn’t do anything to help my condition. Stick to soaps that are simple and in the mid-price range.
- Avoid scratching
This is one of the things that I am guilty of; scratching. Scratching can cause further irritation and lead to infection. Try to find alternative ways to relieve the itch, such as using a cold compress or taking an antihistamine. I know it’s hard, but fight the urge to touch your skin when it’s itchy. That temporary relief is not worth the price of having to repair huge patches of your skin.
- Get enough sleep
Getting enough sleep is important for maintaining overall health, including your skin. Even people without eczema know how valuable sleep is to achieving great skin. Unfortunately, it’s not optional for people like us who have the disease.
- Eat a healthy diet
Eating a healthy diet can help keep your skin healthy and reduce inflammation. Avoid oily foods, whenever you can. Additionally, I personally found salty food to be one of my triggers, so keep that in mind as well when you’re indulging in a plate full of chips.
- Consult with a Dermatologist
If your eczema is severe or does not respond to self-care measures, consult with a dermatologist. They can recommend other treatment options, such as medication or light therapy. I’m not an expert, so I can only give my side of the story. I still recommend you go to a professional to get a credible diagnosis, especially when your condition is worsening.
It’s important to remember that everyone’s eczema is different and may require a different approach, so be sure to consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice on managing your condition. Lastly, I hope you find these tips helpful, and at least alleviate the stress of dealing with skin asthma.
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