The most persistent and common symptom of mild atopic dermatitis is itchy skin. This is usually the first sign to check if you have this skin condition. Note that this is different from a regular itch caused by insect bites or allergic reactions. There may be times that the common medications for itching will not work with the itch caused by mild atopic dermatitis.
It is very difficult to manage an itchy skin if you are just going to resist the urge to scratch. The best thing to do is to reduce the possibility of the skin getting itchy. If the mild atopic dermatitis is already itching, the next best thing is to lessen the severity of the itch until it disappears. Here are 10 tips to relieve itchy skin caused by mild atopic dermatitis.
1. Pinch and pat the skin, do not scratch
Scratching on the itchy area can worsen your mild atopic dermatitis and leave marks on your skin. Excessive scratching can also lead to wounds and bleeding. Instead of scratching, what you can do is pinch and pat the affected area. Make sure you pinch gently to avoid dark marks. Pinching and patting creates short moments of pain which can distract the brain from the itching.
2. Apply cold compress
Another way to make the itching caused by mild atopic dermatitis to subside is to put cold compress on the affected area. You can use a cool wet cloth or an ice pack, or basically anything cold. Apply it on the affected area for 5 to 10 minutes. The cool temperature on the skin can help reduce itching. It can also lessen inflammation or swelling if there is any.
3. Avoid your itch triggers
It is important to know what makes your mild atopic dermatitis itch. These could be irritants and allergens that make your affected skin flare up. Some common irritants include smoke, dust particles, certain soaps, certain chemicals, fabrics and fragrances. Once you get to know what worsens your mild atopic dermatitis, you can avoid them. By the way, our NALA app allows you to identify your personal itch triggers and skin supporters based on data and artificial intelligence. Do you want to give it a try? Click here.
4. Use mild cleansers
As with all other tips for any skin condition, using mild cleansers, soaps and body wash is the best way to deal with itching caused by mild atopic dermatitis. To make sure that the product you will use is really mild, check the pH level. Higher pH levels will worsen your mild atopic dermatitis symptoms. Look for non-soap cleansers because they are sure to be mild and chemical-free.
5. Take an apple cider vinegar bath
Apple cider vinegar can help restore your skin’s natural acidity and prevent it from itching if you have mild atopic dermatitis. All you have to do is to mix 2 cups of apple cider vinegar to your warm bath water. Soak for 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse. Make sure you moisturise after.
6. Wear comfortable clothing
As mentioned in avoiding triggers, you should not wear certain fabrics that may cause itching and irritation of the skin. If you have mild atopic dermatitis or other skin conditions, it is best if you only wear comfortable clothing and fabric such as cotton. If clothing tags cause discomfort on your skin, remove them before wearing to prevent itching.
7. Try acupuncture
Trying acupuncture can work wonders. This ancient alternative healing method can decrease the itching sensation and improve the skin condition of someone with mild atopic dermatitis. Being a natural Eastern medicinal practice, this does not have any side effects. Just make sure you get this from a licensed therapist.
8. Do wet wrap therapy
Wet wrap therapy means wrapping the skin with wet fabric to hydrate and calm the itching skin caused by mild atopic dermatitis. It can also make topical medications work better after you have applied them on your skin. Wet wraps should be done after taking a bath, moisturising, and applying topical medications. Cotton fabric or gauze can be used. All you have to do is dampen it, wrap it around the affected area, and cover it with a dry layer. Put on your usual clothes and make sure to secure the wraps. Let it stay for several hours.
9. Moisturise frequently
Dry skin is one of the most popular causes of itchiness in mild atopic dermatitis. It is often coupled with flaking and scabbing. To prevent having dry skin and to maintain the moisture in the skin, apply ointments or creams that contain ceramides. Ceramides help moisturise the skin and strengthen the skin’s barrier. It acts like a protection against irritants and allergens which then prevents dryness, itching and irritation.
There are many ways in which you can relieve skin itching caused by mild atopic dermatitis. These are just other options aside from over-the-counter medications. Take note that before you do anything, consult with your doctor first to get a proper diagnosis of your mild atopic dermatitis. You will eventually need a treatment plan even as you continue doing the tips for itch relief.
That these are only temporary solutions to provide relief. You still have to consult your doctor to get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Remember that this skin condition will eventually get better or improve as the baby grows older.