Neuro Eczema: The Vicious Cycle

What is Neuro Eczema?

Neuro eczema has many possible causes and many solutions.

 

Neuro Eczema, also known as neuro dermatitis or lichen simplex chronicus, is a skin conditions that can start with a small, itchy patch of skin. Scratching this patch only makes the itch worse, and so begins a cycle of itch-scratch that makes the patch of skin leathery and thick. Successful treatment depends largely on identifying and eliminating the factors that cause the aggravation.

The exact cause of neuro eczema is unknown. It can sometimes begin when the area is simply irritated by tight clothing or a bug bite. The more you rub or scratch the area, the more it itches. It can also be associated with other skin conditions such as dry skin, eczema or psoriasis.

Symptoms of Neuro Eczema include:

  • itchy skin in a limited area
  • leathery or scaly texture to a patch of skin
  • a raised, rough patch that is red or darker than the rest of the skin

The primary symptom of neuro eczema is itchy skin, often in a single area. The area affected can include the neck, wrist, forearm, thigh, or ankle. It can also affect the genital area, such as the vulva or scrotum.

The itchiness tends to come and go and can be very severe. Sometimes people will begin to scratch the area out of habit, making the condition worse.

Treatments:

The best treatment for this condition is to stop scratching the itch. There are also several medications, both over the counter and doctor prescribed as well as several home remedy options.

Medications:

  • corticosteroids – these are prescribed by your doctor when over the counter steroid creams are not effective
  • antihistamines – these can help relieve the itching that is associated with neuro eczema
  • anti-anxiety drugs – these can be prescribed when neuro eczema is associated with anxiety or stress disorder
  • antibiotics – these are prescribed when the scratching causes a bacterial infection of the area
  • therapy – this is helpful when neuro eczema is brought on by a stress or anxiety disorder

Home Remedies for Neuro Eczema:

There are also some home remedies you can use to relieve the itchiness caused by neuro eczema. Over the counter medications such as non-prescription hydrocortisone cream can temporarily relieve the itch, while non-prescription anti-histamines can help relieve more sever itching.

If you scratch at night in your sleep, you may find relief in covering the area with bandages or dressing so you cannot scratch the area. Cool baths can help relieve the itch as well. Putting a few sprinkles of uncooked oatmeal, baking soda, or colloidal oatmeal (such as Aveeno or other products) can relieve itching.

Keeping your nails trimmed and short can help minimize damage to your skin. This is especially helpful if you scratch at night in your sleep. You can also wear smooth textured clothing to minimize irritation and use mild soap free of dyes and perfumes to keep itchiness at bay.

The long and short of it is there are a number of things you can do to alleviate the suffering of neuro eczema. You can learn more about how to treat eczema and ultimately be free from the suffering by clicking here.

Avoid the Causes Of Eczema and Beat It for Good

How to Avoid Eczema Outbreaks

With careful attention to a few details you can significantly reduce or even eliminate Eczema attacks

Eczema is caused more by several different factors, each one increasing the discomfort level until your threshold is reached and you are in a full blown itching attack, ripping your poor skin to shreds. Fear not though, if you take the time to learn how to understand and recognize these factors, you can significantly reduce the impact that the condition can have on your life. Check out my tips below to get the better of Eczema today.

The #1 Cause of Increased Eczema Discomfort

Dry Skin

A lot of people will argue this point, stating that that the dry skin is a simple symptom of the Eczema. This may be true, but think about it for a second- what’s the most irritating thing about Eczema, the thing that causes most discomfort? The itching right? Well if you can combat that dry skin, you can go a long way to beating the itch too. The key is to keep it moisturized. Moisturize at least twice a day, preferably after bathing or showering. Pat yourself down with the towel, and apply the moisturizer to damp skin. This will help lock the moisture from the bath into your skin.

The #2 Cause of Increased Eczema Discomfort

Ignorance toward diet.

Most people have no idea how much your diet can affect your skin and the condition of it. To put it plainly, if you aren’t giving your skin the right nutrients, it can’t heal itself, so your Eczema will only get worse.
Foods that are high in acidity are often blamed for exacerbating the Eczema condition, there is something in the acid in some foods which reacts very badly for eczema sufferers.

The #3 Cause of Increased Eczema Discomfort

Scents

Silly as it sounds, the perfuming agents in many detergents/soaps etc have awful effects on your eczema. Have you noticed that sometimes nothing can irritate your skin more than having it brush up against your clothing all day? This is most often due to the scenting agents on the clothing. If you can change over to unscented soaps, detergents, shampoos etc, you will most likely find your clothing is suddenly more comfortable for you.

The #4 Cause of Increased Eczema Discomfort

Clothing itself

We already mentioned the damaged that scented clothing can have, but did you know that just your clothing alone can prove to be pretty formidable? Most Eczema patients have no idea that sometimes when they experience a worsening of the condition; it can be down to the very clothing they are wearing. Certain fabrics can be a real curse. As a general guide, avoid anything woolen or obviously itchy, and try to wear 100% cotton clothing as often as possible.

You can learn more about how to reduce your chances of an eczema outbreak by visiting this web site, where I learned how to better treat my eczema and as a result have been eczema free for several years now.

 

Better Eczema Care with These Skin Care Tips

Skin Care Tips for Better Eczema care

Help reduce eczema outbreaks with these skin care tips for eczema sufferers.

Many Eczema sufferers are unaware that sometimes good skin care regimens are all that stands between endless suffering and an improved quality of life. The simplest of changes and techniques can make all the difference, so I have put together a few tips to hopefully help you out.

Improve Your Diet

There’s a whole lot more to skincare than just fancy creams and lotions. Real skin care starts on the inside- if you give your body the tools it needs to fix the Eczema damaged skin; you will have a definite advantage. Continuing to eat the wrong foods while trying to clear up your Eczema is like trying to run your car without gasoline! It just can’t get going! Scientists have found that foods with high acidity are linked to increased Eczema symptoms. For some reason high acid content makes the skin more prone to irritation, which of course brings on the Eczema. You can avoid this by obviously steering clear of acidic foods, which is easier than it sounds. A dietician should be able to steer you the right way though. Fear not though, there is a much simpler way to improve this too- kelp supplements. Kelp is very high in alkali, which will neutralize the acid it finds in your system, so you may find relief there.

Moisturize Regularly

You need to get into a habit of moisturizing your skin at least twice a day, preferably after taking a bath or shower. This is great for your skin because the more moisture there is inside it, the suppler it will be, and obviously soft supple skin is far less likely to crack and itch than dry flaky skin. The reason you need to apply the moisturizer after bathing or showering is because this will help lock in the moisture from the bath. You should pat yourself almost dry with a very soft towel, and then apply the moisturizer to damp skin. It’s a little harder to rub in, but it’s worth it in the long run!

Protect Yourself

Be aware of all the things than can trigger your Eczema, and do your best to avoid them. As a general rule, avoid wearing any kind of perfume or scent, as well as all scented soaps or toiletries. You will also probably find a little relief if you can get rid of all the perfumed detergents in your home. If you can wash your clothing in unscented natural detergents you will probably find that your clothing is suddenly not so itchy!

You don’t have to go to huge lengths to get some control in the battle against your eczema. In most cases all you need is common sense and consistency. I hope these tips bring you some relief, but remember to be consistent!

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