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Health Tip: Soothing Eczema

Avoid things that make the skin problem worse

(HealthDay News) -- Eczema, medically called atopic dermatitis, is a condition that causes patches of itchy, scaly and red skin.

Depending on the condition's severity, soothing moisturizers, mild soaps, or wet dressings can help ease symptoms.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine says the following conditions can make eczema worse, and should be avoided when possible:

  • Dry skin.
  • Exposing the skin to very warm or hot water for long periods.
  • Exposing the skin to environmental irritants.
  • Stress.
  • Changes in temperature.
  • Sweating.
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