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Rinse your laundry a second time. Laundry detergents can be terrible skin irritants. Even if you are already buying and using an unscented laundry detergent intended for sensitive skin, it may still cause your eczema to flare up. Try rinsing your laundry twice, getting as much detergent off your clothes as possible, just to be safe.
Choose 100% cotton when possible and always avoid fabrics such as wool. Cotton allows air to flow and helps to prevent sweat. Sweat can help to cause a flare-up so you should avoid overdressing as well. Choose fabrics that are breathable, meaning that they do not trap moisture in them.
You know of course that you cannot scratch your eczema, but sometimes it is hard to resist. When this happens, try prevention methods that will ease up your temptation to scratch, such as taking a nice bath, taking prescribed medication, and cold compresses. This will help ensure that you don't irritate your skin further, causing more excessive itching and possibly an infection.
Eczema is frustrating; however, it should not control you. There are things you can do to help control it. These tips will ensure that your flare ups become few and far between.