Everything You Need To Know About The Coronavirus (COVID-19) If You Have Eczema!
Eczema And The CoronaVirus (COVID-19)
COVID-19. The Coronavirus. It goes by many names but it can infect anyone in the world. Everyone is vulnerable including people who may suffer from eczema. The constant hand washing to keep themselves safe from this invisible threat can be very damaging. The following article delves into what COVID-19 is and how people with eczema can stay safe!
What is Coronavirus / COVID-19?
COVID-19 stands for CoronaVirus Disease. This disease is one that compromises the immunity of the upper respiratory system. The most common symptoms of this disease consist of a fever, cough, shortness of breath as well as breathing difficulties. If the disease is left untreated for an extended period of time, infections can arise. These infections can then lead to complications like pneumonia, severe acute respiratory tract illness and in some cases death. It is known to spread through coughing, sneezing or discharge from the nose. Because it is very easy to spread unintentionally or unknowingly, it is good to practice good habits such as staying away from people who you know are sick, covering your sneezes and coughs, keeping your hands out of your face and washing your hands as frequently as possible. If you find yourself to be sick, it is recommended to stay home and isolate yourself for up to 14 days. This is to ensure that the virus – if you have it – is completely out of your system and is free to congregate amongst others without risking further infection.
How does COVID-19 affect those with eczema?
Like any other sickness or cold, people tend to wash their hands quite frequently to eliminate the possibility of them spreading germs or getting sick themselves. Although this is a good precaution to take, it can negatively affect those who have eczema. Eczema is a skin condition that usually develops during the early childhood stages but is most common for those who have a family history of the condition. Symptoms usually consist of rashes behind the knees, on the arms, or anywhere else on the body. Treatment for eczema consists of avoiding irritants that can cause flare ups and irritation. One main source of irritation is soap. Because this is a main source of irritation for those who have eczema, during times where washing your hands on a regular basis is a good precaution, it can negatively affect their skin. How can this be possible? Think of it this way; You have two people. One has eczema and one doesn’t. For a person who does not have eczema to wash their hands on a regular basis will only result in their hands becoming a little dry which can be fixed with a simple moisturizer. On the other hand, for someone who has eczema to wash their hands regularly can negatively affect their skin in that it gets irritated, begins to flare up and becomes very dry.
Three Helpful Hand Washing Tips!
People who suffer from eczema can protect themselves by washing their hands just as well as people who don’t have eczema can. To avoid such problems, those who do suffer eczema should do the following key tips to avoid flare-ups, irritation, and dry skin;
1. Use sensitive soaps for handwashing.
It has been advised to wash your hands with soap and water more thoroughly to kill the virus is present on your hands. Using soap and or emollient when washing your hands can help remove germs and bacteria. However, the British Association of Dermatologists has recently discovered that the use of emollient when hand washing doesn’t necessarily kill germs or bacteria. Either way, using soap or emollient still affects the skin of those with eczema negatively. With this being said, there are some helpful strategies to avoid such a reaction which are as follows:
Rewash your hands using emollient to protect your skin
Dry your hands well after washing by gently patting them dry. DO NOT RUB!!
Use emollients to moisturize your hands after washing
2. Moisturize thoroughly after washing your hands!
Moisturizing your hands after washing them is key for those who have eczema. When washing your hands, your skin is stripped of its natural moisture but eczema sufferers, their skin is already depleted of naturally produced moisture which makes moisturizing afterwards doubly important. Using thick creams is recommended to ensure maximum moisture after hand washing.
3. Keep stress down to a minimum!
It is to ensure that you keep your stress levels to a minimum even with the high-stress times we are living in. It is very helpful to maintain a steady routine or schedule where you are conducting mindfulness exercises or exercising in general. When doing this, it can relieve stress tremendously which helps decrease the chances of eczema flare-ups.
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The Coronavirus affects any and everyone it can infect. Washing your hands is a great way to protect yourself and others! Eczema sufferers who follow these steps will decrease their risk of infection from the virus as well as eczema.