Tuesday Tip: Five Ideas for Soothing Eczema Itch

For all you fellow eczema sufferers out there…you have my sympathies. Eczema is caused by many different things, so there are many different ways to help relieve the itching and rash that are so irritating. There’s not one thing works for everyone, and what works for you may change over time. Here are five things that have worked for me with varying degrees of success. I’d love it if you’d share your ideas in the comments!

1) Cold Water

Sometimes all I need is a splash of cold water on my skin to tame the itching long enough to let the itch disappear. This usually works if there is no raised rash on that area of the skin or if it’s not being irritated by sleeves or pant hems.

2) A wet cloth

If the quick splash of cold water doesn’t work, a cool, wet cloth will sometimes do the trick. Tie the cloth around the irritated area or secure it another way, but make sure it stays there.

If it’s at night and the rash is on your legs, try dampening a pair of cotton pj pants, wringing them out well, and putting them on underneath a dry pair of pants. (Also protect your mattress from moisture somehow if you try that one!)

3) Moisturize

If the itch is worsened by dry skin, you can use the wet pajamas technique above to help seal in moisture as you sleep. Your legs should be smooth and soft in the morning!

4) Wear soft socks to bed

If your ankles are an eczema hot spot, try wearing socks while you sleep. See if you can find or make a pair that don’t have ribbing at the top, since the ribbing sometimes causes itching on its own. (Or you can fold the ribbing to the outside of the sock.) This will keep your ankles from being rubbed in the night, starting that nasty itch-scratch-bleed cycle again.

You may also want to consider long socks if you’re wearing jeans or other pants made out of heavy fabric that may irritate your skin.

5) Baking soda soak

For this bout of eczema, this soak is the only thing that’s working consistently for me. You can use baking soda paste to help bug bites, but I’ve found that the paste doesn’t help eczema itch nearly as much. Instead, try a soak in baking soda water. Depending on where your eczema is, you may choose to use the bathtub, a small bowl, or a larger container. I use the tub for now.

I fill it partially, and sprinkle the baking soda right on top of my legs. Once it’s dissolved, I sprinkle a little more in. Twenty minutes of soaking usually does the trick, but it’s nice to stay a little longer if you have the time. After the soak, I use coconut oil to moisturize, and that’s been keeping the itch away for 8-10 hours.

Next time, though, who knows what will work?!

What do you do to tame the eczema itch monster?

(Linked to Works for Me Wednesday)

8 comments to Tuesday Tip: Five Ideas for Soothing Eczema Itch

  • blaire

    I have heard that Coconut oil really helps, not just rubbing it on your skin, but also putting it in some foods and stuff since you can eat it. We didn’t try it with Mali, but I’ve heard it works wonders. Gary and I both had eczema as kids, unfortunately we had to use prescription creams etc. to get it to clear up. Since we both had it when we were little we knew poor Mali was bound to have it. For her, I don’t give her baths very often (mostly in the winter since it’s usually more dry and the cold really flares her eczema), which I know isn’t super accepted for adults, but it works for her. ;) Also, we used Aquaphor lotion. It’s rather expensive, but it’s really worth it to me because it clears her up. The trick is to put it on right after her bath and to continue to put it on (sometimes 3-4 times a day) so that it will keep hydrating and the eczema doesn’t have a chance to come back. :)Also, I have heard that aveeno oatmeal lotion and oatmeal baths are awesome, but we didn’t try those for Mali either. Sorry you still have bother with it. Hope it clears up soon!

    • Thanks, Blaire! The coconut oil definitely feels great on my skin, but I’m kind of picky about coconut taste so I haven’t eaten it in too many things yet. But now maybe I will :) Yep, I had to use the prescription stuff when I was younger too, but I’d rather not right now. And I’ll check out the Aquaphor–I’ve heard other people recommend it too. Thanks for all the tips, and hope Mali doesn’t have too much trouble with it either!

  • I have a nasty patch of excema right between my shoulder blades. I just apply (or rather have hubby apply) a ton of lotion. I’ll try some of your suggestions. I like the aveeno lotion too

  • matt

    I currently have eczema on my chest, neck, face, calfs, inner thighs, shoulders and chest
    thankfully now have some cream from the doctor
    been in a lot of pain for weeks, never had it so bad and so spread out
    think it is due to humidity in new flat being so high with the damp, its horrendus

  • sara

    Baby aveeno wash and baby aveeno lotion are good also corn starch in the tub

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