Eyelid Eczema


Coping with Eyelid Eczema

Eyelid eczema, which is a less known version of eczema, manifests itself as flaky skin and irritated red spots on a patient’s eyelids. This is a less prevalent form of the disease than other kinds of eczema but can be a source of acute pain and discomfort for the patient. Other than the usual difficulties of the disease there is also the fact that eyelid eczema is visually immediately apparent to outsiders and therefore can be a source of embarrassment. As is typical of eczema, the urge to scratch can be compelling and a person may find it very hard to do this in an unobtrusive way given the location of the eczema. These realities add to the difficulties of the patient and can compound their feeling of unhappiness and discomfort.

As the eyelid is a small surface area, sometimes it is hard to notice the development of eczema in this area. However, given its proximity to critical organs, it is very important to take this form of eczema very seriously and to address it immediately. 

Eczema is a non-contagious skin condition that can be caused by many different factors. Everything from the food a person consumes, the clothing they choose to the soaps and lotions they use need to be examined as each of them individually or all of them collectively can be the source of the problem.

Health care professionals recommend a light steroid cream usually to deal with the disease. Applications of these creams have different degrees of effectiveness for different patients. There are some people who feel unsure about this course of treatment because applying corticosteroid creams close to their eyes worries them in terms of its long-term impact on their eyes.

Moisture is said to play a significant role in controlling eyelid eczema as it is very often the direct result of insufficient skin hydration. Living in places where the air is dry may be impacting your eyes and this in turn maybe triggering an allergic reaction in the skin covering the eyes. You can try using effective eye drops that can moisturize for long period of time to increase the hydration of the eyes and the area around them.

Those who advocate for natural cures to eczema make some recommendations for patients also. The efficacy of natural oils and specific herbs has been high in dealing with eyelid eczema. Vitamin E is useful for treating eyelid eczema and it can be bought in oil for and rubbed into the affected area. Naturopaths suggest that a strictly monitored diet and plenty of water consumption are basic things that can help in dealing with this problem. Monitoring the diet will be a good way of isolating any aggravating food groups.

Patients should also evaluate their lifestyle thoroughly to isolate the incidents that provoke the skin irritation. The weather, the extent of smoke in a room, interaction with a pet are among the thing you should stay alert to in order to figure out the root cause of the problem.

Sometimes the emotional or psychological state of a person is very pertinent to the problem also. Eczema is in no small measure aggravated by stress and anxiety. So a person coping with the disease will do well to figure out exercises to calm and soothe the mind also. Breathing exercises and relaxation techniques can have an indirect benefit in controlling eczema.

Dermatologists and creams can help in coping with the immediate problem at hand. However, overall improvement in health with specific attention to skin health, improved diet and exercise and a general avoidance of allergy triggers will be necessary for any long-term and meaningful cure for an eczema patient.


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