Living With Eczema

With new ways to identify eczema and an evolving list of medications for treatment, patients have more options to help manage their eczema than ever before. However, eczema also affects a patient’s lifestyle and well-being. Because it is such a visible disease, potentially affecting the arms, neck, legs, head, and other places on the body, there is a strong social element to having eczema and getting it under control.

One of the biggest challenges with eczema is managing your day-to-day life. How can patients lead their most fulfilling life with the lowest possible disease burden?

Options for managing your eczema symptoms and their impact on your quality of life1,2:
  • Know your triggers to be better prepared to avoid or defuse them
  • Get regular exercise
  • Do something creative to take your mind away, such as drawing, coloring, and reading
  • Try new things such as yoga, meditation, or jogging
  • Find time for yourself every day
  • Try oils such as essential oils, coconut oil, or sunflower oil
  • Put a regular skin care routine in place—find what works for you
  • Download apps for meditation, relaxation, and eczema information

Open communication with your clinician is an essential part of a successful eczema treatment plan. Ask your clinician as many questions as you can think of, and consider bringing a family member or friend to doctor visits so they are informed as well. Request as much follow-up as you need to answer any questions. Remember, your healthcare team is there because they want to help you. Working together with them is one of the most important aspects of your care!


  1. National Eczema Association. Living well with eczema (and all the ways to do it). Updated August 28, 2020 (
  2. National Eczema Society. Living with eczema (

This site is NOT considered medical advice. It contains general information about eczema, and patients must not rely on this information as an alternative to advice from their healthcare provider. Patients should never delay seeking medical advice, discontinue medical treatment, or disregard medical advice based on the information on this site.