If you’re a sufferer of eczema, this winter likely hasn’t been kind to your skin. But there are things you can do to help combat those annoying, itchy, dry patches.
How to Eat to Fight Eczema
Making some changes in your diet can sometimes go a long way to controlling the disease. Consider an elimination diet to pinpoint any foods that might be exacerbating your symptoms, like meat, soy, gluten or dairy. Eliminating these foods from your diet for a couple of weeks and then adding them back in one at a time can expose any potential triggers.
You should also do your best to eat an anti-inflammatory diet, with lots of leafy greens and fruits as well as healthy fats such as cold-pressed natural oils as well as those from avocado, healthy fish like salmon, and eggs.
How to Exercise with Eczema
Even though overheating and sweat can cause eczema flare-ups, eliminating exercise isn’t the best option. Instead, try the following tips to manage eczema during exercise:
- Drink plenty of water to keep you and your skin hydrated.
- Wear cotton or moisture-wicking clothing to keep moisture away from your skin.
- Use fragrance-free shampoo, conditioner and soap along with lukewarm water after your workout.
- Learn what works for you. Swimming is a great option for some people with eczema, while the chlorine bothers others. Some folks are bothered by sweat and might want to try things like pilates or yoga, while others are perfectly fine with sweat-inducing cardio.
How to Mend Your Mind to Combat Eczema
One of the most common triggers for eczema is stress. While there are no surefire ways to avoid stress in your life, there are many strategies to help you avoid feeling stressed. Here are our favorites.
Get enough sleep. Everything seems a little more intense when you’re sleep-deprived, so make getting your 8 hours a priority.
Make time for activities you enjoy. Whether it’s yoga, reading or taking in a weekly movie, make sure you’re making time for you. Having things to look forward to can go a long way in improving your ability to handle stress.
Find support. Whether it’s talking to an online support group or finding a few close confidantes to meet up with on occasion, being able to share strategies and even commiserate about the frustrations of dealing with eczema can help you feel better able to manage.
IV Treatment for Eczema
When natural remedies aren’t doing enough to help you combat eczema, ask your doctor about IV treatment for eczema.
Eczema is one of the many chronic conditions we treat at IVX Health, where we do IV treatment differently by offering infusions in a spa-like environment at a time that works for you — including evenings and weekends. We believe feeling better should start when you walk in the door for your treatment, and we would love to show you how you can make IV therapy a convenient and enjoyable part of your life.
Give us a call at our Lee’s Summit office at 816-272-0174 or our Overland Park office at 913-948-2020, and start your journey to a healthier, more fulfilling life today!