Things You Can Do To Improve Your Eczema Symptoms
Try Relaxation Exercises
Eczema symptoms can be triggered by stress, so stress-relieving activities like exercise, yoga, and meditation may help alleviate symptoms. The National Eczema Association reports that in a study, patients experienced less severe itching while attending a meditation class, and found that they could handle stressful situations better.
Take Vitamin D
According to Medical News Today, vitamin D is responsible for helping the immune system function; it also helps ensure the skin barrier functions properly, so a lack of it may lead to eczema symptoms. If you think a lack of vitamin D might be to blame for your eczema, have your doctor test your levels to figure out the next steps.
A Colloidal Oatmeal Bath
Made from oats that are ground to a fine powder, colloidal oatmeal soothes inflamed skin (via Healthline); all you need to do is add the powder to your bath and soak in it for 10 to 15 minutes. Colloidal oat moisturizers can help repair the skin barrier, kicking eczema symptoms to the curb while giving skin a moisture boost.
Consider Acupuncture
Believe it or not, acupuncture may help you stop picking and scratching at your eczema. A 2015 systematic review published in Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that there was a significant difference in itching symptoms for participants who underwent acupuncture.
Opt For Phototherapy
Phototherapy uses ultraviolet light to target the immune system, improving the swelling and redness associated with eczema. This therapy addresses the root of the problem, and with regular treatments, some people’s skin clears up entirely, according to a 2021 study from Clinical and Experimental Dermatology.