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What To Do When You Have An Atopic Dermatitis Flare-Up

by Carla Hudson

If you have been diagnosed with atopic dermatitis, your doctor has probably prescribed medications and some lifestyle changes to reduce the frequency of flare-ups. But unfortunately, these measures do not always eliminate flare-ups completely. So when you do feel one coming on, what should you do? Here are a few measures that are smart to take.

Use cool water, only.

This is a good idea overall when you have atopic dermatitis, but it is especially important when you're having a flare-up. Hot water rinses away more of the skin's natural oils, which can make the flare-up even worse. You want to be washing your skin in water that is no warmer than room temperature. Don't scrub, either. Use your hands or a very soft cloth on the affected area.

Stay out of the sun.

While the sun does not usually trigger an atopic dermatitis outbreak, it may make the outbreak worse. It can also dry out the affected area and put you at an increased risk for a secondary bacterial infection. Stay inside, or if you do have to go outside, wear clothing that covers the irritated skin. If you can't cover the skin, apply sunscreen before you go out, but make sure it is a gentle, unscented sunscreen that is specifically advertised as being for patients with eczema.

Choose loose clothing.

Do not wear any tight clothing that will rub against the irritated skin. This can cause the flare-up to spread, and it will also make the area itchy, which may cause you to itch and irritate it even more. Stick to loose clothing, preferably made from a breathable material.

Apply a gentle moisturizer.

Even though it may sting a little when you first put it on, you should be applying a gentle moisturizer to the area where your skin is irritated. The moisturizer will help keep the air and any dust or allergens that might be in the air from irritating the skin even further. Do not rub the moisturizer in vigorously; massage it gently.

Use a hydrocortisone cream.

If your doctor prescribed hydrocortisone cream for your atopic dermatitis, now is the time to use it. Apply it after you've applied your moisturizer. Give it a few minutes to soak in before you put any clothing over the area. Typically, you'll be told to apply it twice per day, but follow your doctor's instructions.

Atopic dermatitis breakouts can be a real pain, but if you follow the tips above, you can soothe your skin and get relief. Contact a doctor for more atopic dermatitis information