Pay attention to the clothes that you wear. The clothes that touch your skin can trigger eczema. Cotton is the best fabric for eczema sufferers to wear. Other materials can irritate the skin. You should also pay close attention to the way you're washing clothes. Avoid using fabric softeners and harsh laundry detergents.
Moisturize your skin immediately after taking a bath. Applying lotion to your skin soon after your bath helps to lock in the moisture and prevents your skin from drying too much. For the best results, use a intensive moisturizer that does not have added perfumes or dyes, which can dry your skin more.
Instead of scratching, try using ice to cool itchy areas. You can get an inexpensive gel compress and keep it in the freezer. Take it out and hold it over itchy areas whenever you need to. Keep a dry washcloth in your purse or pocket at all times. If you become very itchy away from home, soak the cloth in cold water. Hold it over the itchy area.