It started during my first university exams, when the stress of late night studying was really starting to get to me. Since then, any time I am starting to feel overwhelmed by the general craziness of life, it flares up again.
Eczema. It’s not for the faint of heart. It starts on my right palm and drives me crazy. If the stress goes on long enough, my left palm will flare up too.
The dry, itchy skin that eczema produces will keep you up at night. I’ve tried many things – ice packs, heat, medical grade moisturizer, prescription creams – none of it really worked to take away that terrible itch. Many times, I’ve scratched so much that the already dry skin has cracked open, adding pain to the itch.
While I haven’t found anything that will take the itch and annoyance away completely, I have found several things that help. Maybe they’ll help you too!
I have moisturizer beside each of my sinks, and I try to remember to use it every time I wash my hands. Making sure to moisturize after showers can make a big difference too. You may want to try these creams.
Watch for your triggers.
My trigger is pretty obvious: stress. But yours may be different. Scents, laundry products, and food sensitivities can all be the culprit. Try eliminating one thing at a time from your environment or diet to see if it makes a difference.
Talk to your doctor.
I’ve tried various medications and they haven’t worked for me. But talking to your doctor about it is essential, so that you can rule out anything more serious.
Right, I know how difficult this one is, believe me! Holding an ice pack to the itchy skin will help temporarily, but most of it will boil down to self-discipline. At the very least, keep your fingernails well trimmed so that when you do scratch, you’ll be less likely to break the skin.
Wear a Pure Hazelwood bracelet or necklace.
I’ve been wearing one for the past two weeks, in anticipation of a flare-up. I knew it was coming, because it’s currently the beginning of December, and the Christmas craziness has begun. With several meals and gatherings to plan, shopping to do, and deadlines to meet, I knew the stress would cause my eczema to react.
Wearing my Pure Hazelwood bracelet has kept my eczema manageable. Who knew, but Hazelwood actually has anti-inflammatory properties. Pure Hazelwood has been a world leader in Hazelwood products for 18 years, and they’ve even been leading the scientific research into its health benefits.
Hazelwood can relieve symptoms due to inflammation. Things like teething, colic, arthritis, skin issues, digestive issues and even mouth sores. Pure Hazelwood has hundreds of styles of baby, teen and adult-size bracelets, necklaces and anklets, all made of 100% Canadian Boreal forest Hazelwood. The gemstones and clasps are all high quality too. Their bracelets and necklaces aren’t just useful, but they’re beautiful too. The variation in their designs is amazing, there’s something to suit every personality.
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What would you use your Pure Hazelwood bracelet or necklace for?
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