How To Stop Eczema
How to Stop Eczema Itching
How to Stop Eczema Itching
If you want to learn how to stop eczema, you are probably frustrated with the itching the most. By far the worst symptom eczema sufferers complain of is the itchiness of the rash, which can be so severe as to disturb sleep and is very difficult to ignore. Scratching an eczema flare-up can result in infection, so finding ways to reduce itching and thus the urge to scratch is extremely important. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to reduce that itching feeling right at home. Learning how to cure eczema itching can be achieved by following these five simple tips to stop the itch:
Can Eczema Be Stopped Without Medication?
Note: The problem with medications is that they just treat the symptoms of Eczema and not the root cause of the condition. Eczema sufferers that have the best results and even are able to cure their eczema do so by detecting the root cause of the condition, whether it is an allergy or a particular substance that is causing the eczema to flare up. If you want a full guide on how to treat eczema naturally, I recommend Eczema Free Forever.
Tip One: Take an oatmeal bath, or apply a paste.
Why it works: Well known as a natural treatment for itching of all kinds, oatmeal soothes the skin and reduces inflammation.
How to use it: To take an oatmeal bath you can either place finely ground old-fashioned (not instant) oats in cheesecloth, or some other porous container, and let it soak into your bathwater, or add it directly to the water. Oat flour or colloidal oatmeal will work as well; colloidal oatmeal is a form of oats that has been ground extremely fine and will dissolve well into bathwater. Alternatively, you can make a paste of colloidal oatmeal, oat flour or oats that have been run through a food processor mixed with water. It can be applied to the skin and then rinsed away. Another option is to mix colloidal oatmeal with water into a smooth paste, and then mix it with your favorite lotion for a moisturizer and itch reducer in one.
Tip Two: Soothe skin with baking soda.
Why it works: In addition to soothing the itch, baking soda has detergent properties, so a baking soda bath will help cleanse your skin without any scrubbing that could further irritate the skin.
How to use it: You can add it to bathwater directly, or make a paste from baking soda and water and apply it directly to the affected area. Let it dry on the skin and simply brush off any residue.
Tip Three: Squeeze on some lemon juice.
Why it works: Lemon juice is an anesthetic and an anti-inflammatory that will help to calm the itch.
How to use it: Try to go for fresh squeezed rather than a bottled version, as it will be far more effective. Apply it undiluted directly to the skin, or soak a washcloth in it and lay it over the affected area.
Tip Four: Apply a cold pack.
Why it works: Cold packs are a great remedy for itch, as cold reduces inflammation and numbs the nerves on the skin’s surface to prevent that itchy feeling.
How to use it: You can use a store-bought cold pack, or make your own cold compress by soaking a soft cloth in water and then placing it in the freezer, just long enough to become very cold but not stiff. Alternatively, you can soak the wash cloth in a bowl of ice water, wring it out and apply it directly to the skin.
Tip Five: Make an herbal rinse.
Why it works: Several spices, including mint, basil, and thyme, offer anti-inflammatory and anesthetic properties when used in a rinse.
How to use it: Simply boil fresh leaves (not dried spices) in water at a ratio of about ½ – 1 ounce of herbs to a pint of water, and then allow it to cool. Apply to the skin using a wash cloth soaked in the rinse.
Whatever you choose to stop the itch, it’s best to avoid doing what seems like the most natural thing in the world: scratching. If you are serious about learning how to cure eczema itching you should know that although scratching might feel good at the time, it will result in further inflammation and could allow bacteria into the rash, resulting in an infection. Fight the urge to scratch and try one of these natural remedies instead for safe and lasting itch relief.
For eczema natural treatments and home remedies, Eczema Free Forever is recommended.