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How do you stop eczema from itching?

By Cynthia Bailey MD.

How do you stop eczema from itching?

  • Keep your skin cool and moisturized. Heat causes increased blood flow to deliver the immune building blocks that causes inflammation - It can make eczema worse.
  • When skin itches, don’t scratch! Instead you can spritz cool water on it, apply an ice pack wrapped in a towel, or a towel moistened with cold water.
  • Keep your nails short to prevent skin breaks or stimulating redness in the skin when you do accidentally scratch. It sounds simple, but it's important.

When you have severely itchy eczema, you can go one step further with cooling and moisturizing your skin to help relieve itch. This treatment is called “wet wraps.” With this treatment, moisturizer or topical medicine is applied underneath a cloth soaked with cool water. This is a highly effective treatment and can quiet down a severe flare of eczema. Wet wraps serve the dual purpose of helping to moisturize skin and deliver medicine such as cortisone cream, while at the same time preventing scratching. In the 'olden days' of my dermatology residency training (shockingly before many of my readers were born!), we would hospitalize patients who needed this treatment. Nurses would slather an ointment on the patient’s skin, wrap them from neck to toes in cloth and ladle cool water on them for hours. It was a very successful treatment for a severe eczema flare – and a well-intended form of water torture for the chilly patients who also were thankful for relief for the intense itch of severe eczema.

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