As well as the treatments mentioned above, there are things you can do yourself to help ease your symptoms and prevent further problems.Eczema is often itchy, and it can be very tempting to scratch the affected areas of skin.Keep your nails short and clean to minimise damage to the skin from unintentional scratching.Keep your skin covered with light clothing to reduce damage from habitual scratching.
Topical corticosteroids may cause a mild stinging sensation for less than a minute as you apply them.
Many people find it helpful to keep separate supplies of emollients at work or school, or a tub in the bathroom and one in a living area.
To apply the emollient: You should use an emollient at least twice a day if you can, or more often if you have very dry skin.
During a flare-up, apply generous amounts of emollient more frequently, but remember to treat inflamed skin with a topical corticosteroid as emollients used on their own aren't enough to control it.
Don't put your fingers into an emollient pot – use a spoon or pump dispenser instead, as this reduces the risk of infection. If your skin is sore and inflamed, your GP may prescribe a topical corticosteroid (applied directly to your skin), which can reduce the inflammation within a few days.