The skin protects the body, which is also its most important function. The sensitive inside of the body is enclosed by it and it fends off pathogens and other harmful substances that could easily penetrate the body without them. However, all of this can only be achieved by intact skin, which is weakened in those affected by neurodermatitis. With neurodermatitis, the skin is dry and often scratched by the itching and covered with open areas. Here the important barrier function of the skin is restricted and so the skin can no longer adequately ward off the irritating substances, which leads to a so-called "vicious circle": It becomes inflamed, itches, the person concerned scratches, which further reduces the skin barrier Skin inflamed again and so it goes on until the neurodermatitis is adequately treated.

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Avoid triggers

The most important thing first is to identify the trigger for eczema flare-ups. For some people, this includes tight-fitting clothing, wool, aggressive cleaning agents, incorrect care with allergenic ingredients (preservatives, dyes and fragrances), sweat, certain foods or animal hair.

Particularly areas of the skin that are heavily exposed to the above factors should be carefully cared for. For example, the intimate area can be irritated by heat build-up, increased sweating in existing skin folds, aggressive hygiene and shaving and this can manifest itself as neurodermatitis. Read more about this under: Atopic dermatitis in the genital area

Care of the damaged skin

Consistent care of sensitive skin is very important in atopic dermatitis and must be carried out in acute phases as well as in symptom-free periods.
The cosmetic products available differ in the ratio of fat and moisture. Products with a particularly large amount of water include hydrogels, lotions and creams (called in descending water concentration). The more fatty substances, on the other hand, are called ointments.
For skin care in atopic dermatitis, there are, among other things, the products from Multilind®, which are particularly suitable for use without preservatives or fragrances.
Although conscientious care is essential for atopic dermatitis, the expenses for the necessary care products are not covered by the health insurances, as they are not advertised as medication.

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In dermatology (dermatology) there is the simple rule “wet on wet, fatty on dry”, which you can use as a guide when choosing the right care product for the current state of skin afflicted by neurodermatitis. While the skin is in an acute attack from neurodermatitis is open and wet and then requires water-based care that cools, dries and has an itch-soothing effect, a high-fat water-in-oil emulsion is more effective for intact skin with neurodermatitis, as it keeps the skin soft and supple, so that the protective function the skin is promoted. The oil prevents the moisture from evaporating from the skin as easily. This makes ointments and rich oils particularly useful in winter to provide additional support for the skin against drying out in the cold. An example of skin care for extremely dry and rough skin is the Kaufmanns skin and children's cream.

Read more on the topic: Kaufmann's skin and children's cream

Urea in skin care

Additionally is in the treatment of Neurodermatitis the additive urea (urea) proven, as urea helps the skin to humidity to save and at the same time itching able to alleviate. However, the fabric shouldn't be on already inflamed skin be applied as in the case it becomes a burning sensation can come on the skin.
The treating Dermatologist determines what is ideally contained in the care product Concentration of urea and generally agrees and advises the person concerned about care including cleaning for atopic dermatitis.

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to bathe

If Oil baths no more often than once or twice a week are carried out, they are absolutely recommendable for large-scale therapy of dry skin in atopic dermatitis. However, those with sensitive and dry skin should not frequently bathe and especially not too long and too hotas this too additional dehydration the damaged skin leads. Also increased Wash your hands and Skin disinfectants should be avoided in atopic dermatitis, as this dries out the skin in the long term.

Bathing in is very beneficial cool, highly salty sea water from when the surface of the skin intact is. Then the atopic dermatitis should feel good shower off and with your favorite Body cream care for. The sea water is with "Dead Sea Bath Salt“Can also be readjusted in the bathtub at home and in many cases very successful in the treatment of neurodermatitis when a frequent vacation by the sea is difficult to organize.

swimming pool

A visit to the swimming pool is recommended for atopic dermatitis Notbecause the skin here through the high chlorine content becomes severely dried out in water. In addition, the public swimming pools are often with Viruses or bacteria contaminated, so that the damaged skin of atopic dermatitis easily infect can.

In order to (re) establish the intact skin barrier, it is generally important that the body is also adequately covered from the inside liquid is supplied. Hence, adults should do it daily whenever possible approx. 2.5 liters of water or unsweetened herbal tea drink, children approx. 1.5 liters.

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