One of the more stressful skin problems you could face at some stage in life is atopic dermatitis (more commonly known as eczema). It can cause all kinds of irritating symptoms, but if you approach this condition the following ways, you may be able to find relief.
Avoid Hard Scratches
A common side-effect of eczema is itchy skin. If you gave into these temptations and scratched all over your body, you're just going to irritate your skin even more. It could even cause sores and blisters. So at all costs, try to avoid scratching throughout most of the day.
There are plenty of creams you can put on parts that are really itchy. If you do feel the urge to scratch, avoid doing it with a lot of pressure and force. Be gentle and potentially use a soft material so that your skin isn't irritated even further.
If you don't trust yourself not to scratch when dealing with atopic dermatitis, then what you can do is secure parts that are really itchy with wraps. Then at least this way, there won't be direct fingernail-to-skin contact.
That should help protect your skin until you can get your skin symptoms under control, whether that's through at-home remedies or prescription medication. Just make sure you wrap areas that feel the most itchy and keep these wraps secure around them for most of the day.
Handle Stress in an Appropriate Manner
If you start to stress a lot about atopic dermatitis disease, you can actually make your symptoms worse and then the urge to scratch may be irresistible. You want to control stress as best you can so that you don't ever have to get to this point.
If you feel a wave of stress coming on, try visualizing yourself in a happy place. Close your eyes and try visualizing something happy other than this skin disease you're battling. These visualization techniques can do wonders for getting you to a calmer state. Acknowledging the reasons why you're feeling stressed can also help you find a solution that keep stressors at bay.
Atopic dermatitis disease may seem like it's controlling your life, but if you're smart about treatments and do what professional skin doctors recommend, you can find relief, and then this disease won't be all-consuming. You just have to stay committed and find answers to this skin problem that work for you.
For more atopic dermatitis information, contact a medical professional.