The urge to scratch for eczema sufferers may be like an oasis beckoning a desert wanderer. It can be very challenging to avoid. Of course, you know that scratching is bad for you and will only make the eczema worse but you might not be sure what to do. Consider the following helpful strategies.
Keep the areas with eczema covered
If the eczema is on the back of the knees, which is a common spot, you can wear pants to cover them. Wherever it is you can keep clothing on top of it. This will make it more difficult to scratch.
Cut your nails
One way to help avoid scratching is to take away the nails that allow you to do it. Cut your nails as low as they can go so that you will not be able to effectively scratch the eczema.
Do something else when you get the urge to scratch
When you feel the urge to scratch then try to occupy yourself with something else. It might be about occupying your hands. For instance, you can sew or type on the computer. Try to think about something else as well. The urge will often get better if you can distract yourself.
Some people wear gloves to help avoid scratching. This might serve a dual purpose if the eczema is on your hands because you will not be able to scratch it with your gloved nails and you can’t get to it.
Reward yourself for not scratching
You might want to reward yourself when you successfully resist this urge. You can give yourself a special treat for instance if you go a whole day. You can even have a buddy to keep track of it with you.
Different medications such as Cortisone creams can often help with this. If it is bad the dermatologist can prescribe something as well. A word of caution: these are usually not meant to be used continuously without break. They can thin the skin and cause other problems. Make sure that you use them correctly and with the doctor’s advice. Do not use it for longer than recommended.
Lotions and Creams
A lot of people find that lotions can help with the dryness and the eczema itself. It might help you feel less itchy. Try Georges Cream Special Dry Skin Cream or Light Moisturizing Lotion today. It works!
Eczema can be very uncomfortable but it is important to do all you can to avoid scratching. Use the above techniques to help you with this. Share below any additional tips you’ve found to be useful in stopping the urge to scratch from eczema.