As if dry, red, itchy skin wasn’t unpleasant enough, eczema can sometimes break out in blisters that ooze or “weep” clear fluid. This weeping eczema is especially vulnerable to infections. Bacteria like Staphylococcus can sneak into the cracks in the skin’s protective barrier and turn that clear fluid into infected pus.
Weeping skin occurs most frequently in colder, drier weather in the fall and winter, when skin tends to dry out for long periods of time. Although many people rely on aggressive weeping eczema treatments, there are natural ways to soothe weeping skin.
However, be sure to seek immediate medical attention if you have weeping eczema and signs of an infection including fever, lesions with blood or pus, chills and shivers, or other serious symptoms.
1. Calm and moisturize
The first weeping eczema treatment is to find a moisturizer with wound healing and bacteria fighting properties. We recommend:
Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream—contains organic Manuka honey, one of the best naturally anti-bacterial ingredients.
EczeHerbal #1 – Oozing Eczema Treatment—contains a special blend of Chinese herbs to help soothe red, itchy crusty skin, and prevent bacterial infections
We do have an entire section of our store dedicated to this type of eczema, please see our weeping eczema treatments for a full list of options.
2. Wrap the skin
Wet wrapping, an effective technique for weeping skin, is when you soak the skin in water, seal with a moisturizer and damp clothing for an extended period of time. Read more about wet wrapping. Some clothing made specifically for wet wrapping can make it much easier and less messy. Here are some you're sure to like:
WrapESoothe Eczema Sleeves —For kids and adults. Perfect for those experiencing eczema on their arms or legs.
WrapESoothe Full Body Suit — For infants, babies, and younger children with full body eczema.
Keep in mind that although wet wrapping can provide quick relief, with weeping skin, you must be careful not to create an infection. It's for this reason that dry wrapping can be better as a weeping eczema treatment.
Dry wrapping, can work really well if you use the right clothing, and it's a lot easier and less messy than wet wrapping. Read more about dry wrapping. Remedywear - clothing for eczema makes garments specifically for dry wrapping. Their TENCEL and zinc fabric is soothing when worn alone and extra great when worn over your favorite moisturizer or one of ours, as listed above. Here are some great items from Remedywear:
Remedywear Eczema Sleeves - For kids and adults. Available in long and short lengths.
Remedywear Eczema Shirt - For adults - both men and women who want to target eczema on their upper body.
Remedywear Eczema Pants - For adults - both men and women who want to target eczema on their lower body.
Remedywear Socks For Eczema - For kids dealing with foot eczema.
Remedywear Socks for Eczema - For adults managing eczema on feet.
Remedywear Gloves for Eczema - For kids dealing with hand eczema.
Remedywear Gloves for Eczema - For adults managing eczema on hands.
3. Eat anti-inflammatory foods
Adopting an anti-inflammatory diet helps the body reduce inflammation by supplying the body with naturally occurring phytonutrients found in fruits, vegetables, and other whole foods and by avoiding foods that cause inflammation like processed meats and refined carbohydrates. Incorporating foods like leafy greens, seasonal vegetables, fish and berries will help provide the necessary nutrients and vitamins to keep the body’s immune system in check. In fact, you may find supplementing with a high quality fish oil and probiotic can be beneficial as well.
4. Try an elimination diet
In addition to trying an anti-inflammatory diet, undergoing an elimination diet can be very helpful too. Determining and then eliminating certain trigger foods has been shown to be extremely effective in reducing weeping eczema naturally. For more information on how to get started or to learn what exactly an elimination diet is, see How to Start an Elimination Diet for Eczema.
5. Sunlight and water
Just a little bit of sun can boost mood and kill bacteria on the skin, not to mention Vitamin D can be a powerful tool in fighting eczema. If you live in a climate that doesn't get much sun or only does on a seasonal basis, speak with your physician about possibly adding a vitamin D supplement to your diet. You should also increase water intake, because well-hydrated skin is less prone to cracking and infection. A general rule is to consume 2 liters of water every single day. One good trick is to start your day with 2 full glasses of water 30 minutes before breakfast. This will re-hydrate your body from sleeping overnight AND get you on the right track for your day's total water consumption. If you squeeze a lemon in your water too - you'll help support your liver, an organ that is usually stressed with conditiosn like eczema and allergies.
Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for The Eczema Company. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes.