On-going treatment for atopic skin: moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!
In all cases of atopic eczema, there is always the problem of very dry skin and an impaired skin barrier. Daily nourishing of this dry skin is essential to strengthening its protective hydrolipidic layer. The simple gesture also helps to space out flare-ups. For babies at risk, it's important to start applying emollient products as soon as they're born and to continue until there are no longer any symptoms – often up until adolescence! Be sure to choose products specifically adapted to atopic skin.
The advantages of having properly moisturised atopic skin:
- Forestall eczema flare-ups
- Slow the disease's evolution by improving skin balance
- Treat symptoms by lessening itchiness
Treating eczema flare-ups: battling inflammation
When a flare-up occurs, localised anti-inflammatory treatment (topical corticosteroids) are still the most appropriate way to soothe rapidly, reduce itchiness and avoid infection for your child. Always apply the treatment prescribed by your doctor on the affected areas only, once a day, until the redness disappears. The amount of topical corticosteroids you use automatically decreases as treatment progresses and patches grow smaller. It is always a good idea to follow your doctor's recommendations.