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HOME > TAKING CARE ECZEMA DURING PREGNANCY
Here are some important tips to follow:
• Medications that are used to manage eczema symptoms may have a direct affect on the developing fetus and thus it is important to consult a dermatologist for possible alternative treatment. Even nursing mothers should avoid using any eczema medications without consulting a dermatologist. Herbal medications or supplements must also be checked first and consulted to a dermatologist before use.
• Recall any substance or chemical that you have been recently exposed to determine possible eczema cause. Avoid exposure to these chemicals and if these are found at work, wear protective clothing, consider taking a leave or change jobs completely.
• Natural treatments to control eczema are often the best ways to manage eczema symptoms. Try a warm bath or shower at home to hydrate skin; apply moisturizer after a bath to lock in skin moisture. Avoid long warm soaks since it may cause harm to the baby and may cause premature contractions. Use a gentle soap or cleanser, for example the DermCare System, gentle for children and anyone who has sensitivities to soap, or ask your dermatologist for the best possible alternative to manage skin dryness [READ product reviews]. Never use sponges, loofahs, washcloths and any devices that exfoliate skin. This can excessively remove skin moisture and may cause eczema flare ups as well. Moisturize skin as often as possible.
• Use a humidifier to add moisture to room air. If this is not possible, place a pan of water near a fireplace or a furnace to add moisture to air inside the home. This can increase skin moisture indirectly and can prevent further flare ups.
• Wear loose cotton shirts and dresses to absorb perspiration and avoid skin irritation. Avoid perspiring and any activity that may cause you to sweat; sweat irritates the skin further and can increase eczema symptoms.
• Increase your fluid intake and eat a lot of fruits to hydrate skin from the inside. Continue any dietary supplements you are taking for your pregnancy or talk to your doctor regarding alternative supplements you can take while pregnant.
• Keep away from strong scents, perfumes, lotions, detergents and other chemicals that can possibly induce an eczema attack. Stick with a mild soap and skin care products instead.
• Cool compresses can help relieve itchy eczema lesions. Use a cool towel and apply it on the area affected as often as you want.
• Stress is also a cause of eczema attacks and while pregnant it is also best to manage your stressors as well. Do alternative stress management activities like hobbies, deep breathing techniques, meditation or aromatherapy may help.
• If you have severe eczema, it is best to talk to your doctor regarding alternative remedies for your symptoms. There are medications and remedies that may be safe for pregnant women that your dermatologist can prescribe; be sure that any medication you take or apply topically is prescribed by your doctor, do not self medicate.
Being pregnant can be difficult as it is and having eczema may cause distress on the mother as well as her unborn child. Family members especially the husband must offer support and care for the pregnant woman during these times. Eczema may add stress on the mother and thus adequate stress reduction techniques must be done.