Eczema During Pregnancy

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Eczema, also known as dermatitis, refers to a common, chronic skin condition. Mild eczema causes dry, hot, and itchy feelings in the skin while severe eczema leads to raw and even bleeding skin. The good news is that eczema is not contagious.

Why do pregnant women have eczema?

There are various types of eczema. The most common one, atopic eczema, is caused by:

  • Genetic factor. This type of eczema is hereditary. There is a probability that patients of eczema and/or their family members may have asthma or other allergies as well.
  • Exposure to environmental allergens. These allergens are harmless to other but harmful to you.

Other types of eczema can be triggered by chemicals, detergents, yeast, and metals (your earrings, for example)

If you have eczema and is pregnant. Chances are the pregnancy hormones would either help the condition get better or worsen it.

What can you do?

  • Talk to your doctor about the best solutions. There are many topical treatments that can help you with the condition. Certain topical steroids can be used under doctor’s Antihistamines are useful in coping with itchiness. Coal tar has soothing properties.
  • Avoid contact with known triggers. For the possible irritants like wool, pet dander, certain foods or jewelry, stay away from them as much as possible.
  • Go mild and natural. Do not use fragranced products or personal care products containing alcohol.
  • Don’t let yourself soak. Do not spend too much time in the water, including activities like taking shower or going swimming. Keep personal hygiene but do not wash your hands too often.
  • Stay moisturized. Dryness and cracking can be avoided with moisturizers.
  • Stay cool. Keep yourself away from excessive heat or sweating since they can easily trigger eczema. Opt for loose clothing made from cotton with fewer layers. Avoid rough material and items made from synthetic fabrics or wool.
  • Avoid sudden changes in temperature and humidity. Temperature rocketing leads to excessive sweating while a sharp drop in humidity leads to dry skin and flare-up. You should not go for steam rooms, saunas, or Bikram yoga classes.
  • Employ cold compress instead of using fingernails to scratch the itchy areas. Such acts would worsen the condition and cause damages to your skin leading to infection caused by bacteria. Keep your nails short and rounded and wear gloves to bed if you ever uncontrollably scratch yourself while asleep.
  • Do not get stressed out. Stress is also a trigger of eczema.
  • Breastfeed your baby. It will not cure your condition but will prevent it from developing in your baby, as research shows.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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