Can An Eczema Shampoo Really Work?

National Eczema Week is coming up on September 15-23, 2007.  You might want to hurry up with your National Eczema Week gift shopping.  All right, that was a poor joke, but chances are you either have eczema or know someone that does.  It is a common problem in people of all ages.  When the body is stressed and out of sorts, this seems to bring on all kinds of health issues, including eczema.  This writer currently has a patch of eczema on the back of her neck due to pre-menopause.  I’m lucky, in that I only have a small patch.  Some people have it all over, especially up into their scalp.  You may want to try eczema shampoo (especially opposed to real poo) in order to both clean your hair and sooth your skin.

No Guarantees

Despite what you might read in advertising, no eczema shampoo is 100% guaranteed to work.  But the good news with eczema shampoo is that there are many varieties to choose from.  So if one eczema shampoo doesn’t seem to help, you can try another.

One of the recommended lifestyle changes that eczema sufferers are told is not to get their skin wet if they can possibly help it.  When the water dries on your skin, you can be set to itching.  But what about washing your hair?  You have to do that.  This is where eczema shampoo is beneficial.

What’s So Special About It?

Eczema shampoo is made to be mild and to rinse away completely.  Eczema shampoo can help you more if you also take short showers of lukewarm – NOT hot – water.  Some eczema sufferers like to keep their hair short in order not to have the drying hair (or hair covered in sweat) constantly rubbing against their skin.

You should also have cotton sheets, which are less irritating to eczema sufferers than other kinds of materials.  Get cotton towels as well. 

Keep Your Hands To Yourself

You will make your eczema worse if you scratch it.  After a while, this gets to be a strange form of torture.  But if you scratch, your skin gets even more irritated and will itch even more.  You need to distract yourself from scratching, and after a few minutes the urge goes away.  I like to keep my hands occupied by eating, but I don’t think this is exactly recommended by the National Eczema Society.

Do yourself a favor.  Go to a doctor or dermatologist.  They can help you get the medications you need, prescription anti-itch creams and maybe even eczema shampoo.