Living with Eczema
With new ways to identify eczema and evolving medications to treat it, patients now have additional methods to help manage their eczema. However, eczema also affects a patient’s lifestyle since it is such a visible problem that may affect the arms, neck, legs, head, and other places on the body. There is a strong social element to eczema and getting it under control.
One of the biggest challenges with eczema is managing your day-to-day life outside of the doctor’s office. How can patients learn to help themselves to lead the most fulfilling life with the lowest disease burden?
Options for facing your eczema symptoms include:1,2
- Know your triggers to be better prepared to defuse them.
- Get regular exercise.
- Do something creative to take your mind away, such as drawing, coloring, and reading.
- Try new things such as yoga, meditation, or jogging.
- Find time for yourself every day.
- Try oils such as essential oils, coconut oil, or sunflower oil.
- Put a regular skin care routine in place – find what works for you.
- Download apps for meditation, relaxation, and eczema information.
Additionally, open communication is very important. Ask your clinician as many questions as you can think of, and bring a family member or friend to doctor visits so they are informed as well. Request as much follow-up as you need to answer any questions. Remember, your caregivers are there because they want to help you. Working together with them is one of the most important aspects of your care!
- National Eczema Association. Living well with eczema (and all the ways to do it). Available at: https://nationaleczema.org/how-to-live-well-eczema/.
- National Eczema Society. Living with Eczema. Available at: http://www.eczema.org/living-with-eczema.
This site is NOT considered medical advice. It contains general information about eczema, and patients must not rely on the information as an alternative to advice from their healthcare provider. Patients should never delay seeking medical advice, discontinue medical treatment, or disregard medical advice based on the information on this site.