Eczema sucks. It itches. It burns. It sets my entire body on a stressful edge. The most popular treatment by my dermatologist is to use steroid cream. When that didn’t work, she upped the level of steroids in the cream. But now I am pregnant. And steroids are a no-no. I have scratched my foot raw because it is an itch that I cannot ignore – I have even shed tears from the pain.
So, what do I do? I haven’t found a solution yet. I have tried baking soda paste, coconut oil, olive oil, calamine lotion – nothing works. Many times eczema is connected to a food allergy. I know my skin is better when I avoid dairy and wheat. But being pregnant, I have gone back to eating yogurt.
I would love to find a natural or home remedy.
I do follow some of the preventive methods suggested by What to Expect:
- Moisturize early and often to lock in the skin’s own moisture and prevent dryness and cracking.
- Use a cold compress – not your fingernails – to curb the itch. Scratching makes the condition worse and can puncture the skin, allowing bacteria to enter and cause an infection (which is especially dangerous during pregnancy).
- Keep nails short and rounded to decrease the likelihood that when you do inevitably scratch, you won’t puncture the skin. [My nails got seriously long last month and that aided in my scratching, you get a much deeper scratch with long nails. LOL.]
- Stay cool by wearing loose, cotton clothes and avoiding synthetic fabrics, wool, or any material that feels rough to the touch. (Your partner’s oversize T-shirt is a great choice for your sensitive skin and your growing belly!)
- Stay calm. [This one is tough. The itch really stresses me. Being pregnant and needing to get ready for a third child is stressful.] Stress is a common eczema trigger, so try to avoid situations that make you tense. When you feel anxiety creeping in, focus on how incredible your baby will be or how delicious he or she will smell.
Any suggestions? What sort of things have you used?