If you have eczema then I’m sure you’ve been bombarded by all sorts of remedies and treatments. A friend tells you that going gluten free helped his sister’s eczema. An article you read on the internet tells you to shower less frequently. A doctor tells you to try wet wraps and cold compresses. Some of these remedies can be so daunting! In my last post I discussed bleach baths as a treatment for eczema, a perfect example of a daunting eczema treatment. It’s important to try new things, but with so many remedies out there, it can be quite overwhelming. Which one do I try first?
But a better question to focus on is not “which one to try first?” but “how long do I try it”? According to a 2012 eczema review article, dermatologists have recognized an interesting phenomenon among sufferers of chronic skin disorders: poor long term compliance with therapies. For some reason, people with skin conditions like eczema don’t do a good job at sticking to their treatment regimens. Sadly, some of the treatments that these people use would work, if only they continued using them.
It’s important to be proactive, constantly looking for and trying out new things that might help with your skin. But it’s so important that when you pick a new remedy to stick with it. Give it at least a month. Certainly don’t give up after a few days, even if something doesn’t appear to be doing anything; the benefits might not come for weeks. It sucks, but learning how to manage eczema is a long term process, so you should commit to yourself now to try each new remedy for at least 4 weeks.
Eczema remedies come in many shapes and forms. I’ll be discussing many options on this blog. Different ones work for different people, and finding what works right for you will be process. My friend Jeff talks here about how using apple cider vinegar worked for him to clear up his eczema:
In fact, a lot of people report success with this method. By the way, doing an apple cider bath (soaking in a full tub with 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar) presents itself as a less intimidating version of the bleach bath. What’s important, though, is that you stick with the treatment, regardless of which one you decide to try. It doesn’t matter if you have eczema on your hands, legs, or even your scalp; if you’re trying to get rid of your own eczema or eczema on your baby. if you want to learn how to get rid of your eczema for good, this is a big key. Remember guys: Don’t give up!