3 Reasons to Use the EczemaWise App Today
Do you ever feel like your eczema is a moving target? EczemaWise, the app created by the National Eczema Association, is here to help.
Published On: Mar 6, 2023
Last Updated On: Mar 6, 2023
It’s important to be prepared for any situation that may arise, especially if your eczema is prone to flares when there’s an unexpected change in your routine. Whether it’s keeping your essentials well-stocked at home or packing your “go-bag”, be sure to consider all of your needs including planning ahead to help avoid a flare. We’ve consulted Dr. Jeff Yu, a board-certified dermatologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, about what to have on hand at home, what to bring when you have to leave home and what to do if you cannot refill your prescription.
There are a few essential eczema items to keep well-stocked at home. Dr. Yu noted that it’s best to have moisturizers and topical medications at the ready. He advised that one should be sure to purchase moisturizers because, “you can never have too many, and you never know when the manufacturer will discontinue your favorite one and when they will be back in stock.” Additionally, he advocated for filling topical medications in advance. You should have “topical medications you need for eczema flares because your doctor may not always be available to refill your medication if you run out today.” He warns that it’s best to plan ahead and allow “at least 48–72 hours for refills.”
As the weather gets warmer, you may be looking to travel and there are a few essential items to bring with you:
Let’s say you’ve planned ahead and have all of these items to use as needed — great! However, this isn’t always possible.
There are a few unforeseen reasons that you may not be able to fill your prescription as needed. And that is okay because you likely have a variation of what’s needed in your bag or at home. Dr. Yu noted that “most atopic [dermatitis] patients I know have multiple tubes of topical medication lying around. Chances are, there is something else in the house that is suitable for your skin. Topical steroids come in seven general classes from class 1 (high potency) to class 7 (low potency). There are many topical steroids that are within the same class that dermatologists like to give, so there’s likely some redundancy. If you run out of topical medication for your hands but they are flaring, chances are, there is another comparable one in the bag.”
Dr. Yu explained that “the expiration date is not always a hard and fast rule. Unlike milk in the fridge that expires, topical steroids may lose some efficacy after the expiration date, but are rarely dangerous to use if just slightly expired. I wouldn’t use something from years ago but a few months past the expiration date is usually fine.”
Be sure to prepare yourself for the unexpected with a stock of essential items for at home and for traveling. And remember, if you can’t get to the store, consider asking your doctor about a comparable medication for emergencies.