Eczema on your feet is uncomfortable, to say the least, especially if you are on your feet for most of the day. Dyshidrotic eczema, or more commonly known as hand and foot eczema, appears on your hands and feet as red, itchy, blisters. There is no cure for dyshidrotic eczema, but there are natural remedies that will help manage the symptoms.
Natural remedies can be very effective at treating eczema. Natural treatments are attractive to eczema sufferers because they do not cause side effects from pharmaceutical drugs. It is important to be patient with eczema care and treatment. It may take up to 5 or 6 treatments to start seeing results. Nevertheless, AD RescueWear is here to help, following these four natural remedies can relieve some of the worst foot eczema symptoms.
Soaking your feet in a salt bath can kill bacteria, reduce inflammation, and ultimately reduce eczema. It is also recommended by The National Eczema Association. Salt baths can be used for babies, children, and adults. Try this Dead Sea Salt Soak
Eczema Treatment Socks
Eczema treatment socks will lock in moisture and reduce itchiness. For best results, apply a thick eczema emollient, after an eczema bath, followed by eczema treatment socks. These eczema treatment socks are available in adult and kids sizes, they have moisture wicking properties. These socks can be worn during the day or overnight. They can be easily washed and worn again.
Wet Wrap Therapy
Wet wrap therapy can do wonders for your skin. It is especially beneficial when used overnight. Wet wrapping feet is similar to using eczema socks, but the socks are slightly damp. See the graphic below for specific instructions. Wet wrap therapy for eczema repairs the skin barrier and decreases bacteria. Recent studies on wet wrapping concludes that eczema symptoms decreased by 70% over five treatments.
Ice is typically used for injuries, but it also can be used to reduce itchiness and swelling of eczema. The cold stimulus helps numb the area, relieving pain and itchiness. This can be done with an ice pack, for putting damp eczema treatment socks in the freezer. If using an ice pack rotate on for 15 minutes, off for 30 minutes, then back on for 15 minutes. Do not leave ice directly on the affected area for more than 20 minutes, it can lead to frostbite and further irritation. Cold socks are the best way to get relief from itching feet. You can also put eczema treatment socks in the fridge and apply them cool.
Simple tips to avoid flares
- Wear eczema treatment socks. These socks are breathable and moisture wicking. Damp cotton or synthetic socks can make eczema worse.
- Avoid synthetics or dyes when selecting your socks. The socks must be breathable and dyes are a known eczema trigger.
- Try to take frequent breaks if you are on your feet for an extended period of time. This relief will reduce inflammation and redness.
- Elevate your feet above your heart will reduce swelling and pressure. This is especially important if you spend most of the day on your feet.
- Apply thick eczema creams at least once a day and after a warm bath or shower.
This information is not meant to replace a visit to a physician or a physician’s advice. Always consult your doctor about your medical conditions. AD RescueWear does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment of any condition.