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!)
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)