Eczema is a chronic inflammatory reaction of the skin characterized by blushing redness, softening skin, itching, flaking. Exacerbation of eczema can be very painful. It affects many children, even very young, and this number is growing. In most cases, eczema is of allergic origin (often associated with asthma or hay fever) and it may be necessary to consult a dermatologist and test for allergens. So far, however, baking soda is a very useful ally in alleviating eczema.
How to treat eczema?
Taking a bath is part of getting eczema under control: it is especially important to allow moisture to absorb into the skin to reduce the effect of dry skin. The problem often lies in an extremely hard, so-called calcified skin. The solution here is baking soda. You can add 3 to 4 tablespoons of baking soda to your daily bath water.
This tip is also ideal for bathing babies. During periods of exacerbation of eczema, you can easily take a bath 2 or 3 times a day. After the bath, gently pat the skin with a clean towel. To finish the treatment, apply a moisturizing cream on still wet skin. Repeat the cream several times a day.
If you have severe itching, do a baking soda wrap. Mix 2 spoonfuls of baking soda with a little water to form a paste. Apply it to the problem area and leave it on for about twenty minutes. Then rinse with lukewarm water and dry the skin by gently patting with a clean towel.
How to prevent ezcema?
Pamper your skin! To reduce the risk of developing eczema and the worsening of your symptoms, it is important to take care of your skin and learn some good and simple habits besides using baking soda.
- Wear only soft cloths, preferably organic cotton. Avoid wool, synthetic fabrics. For babies it is advisable to put on a long sleeved bodysuit.
- Wash clothing, especially the smallest ones, with mild detergent.
- Make sure that the air in your home is not too dry. Use air humidifiers, if necessary.