(HealthDay News) -- Eczema is a chronic condition that makes the skin red, dry and itchy.

The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests how to prevent flares of eczema:

  • Stay away from irritants such as harsh soaps, detergents, gasoline and cleaning solutions.
  • Wear clothing made of cotton, and avoid wool and synthetic fabrics that can irritate the skin.
  • Take short, lukewarm baths or showers and wash with a mild cleanser. Avoid hot water.
  • Pat skin dry after a bath or shower and immediately apply moisturizer.
  • Make sure you moisturize your skin every day. Avoid scratching your skin.
  • Avoid getting very sweaty or overheating.
  • Find ways to control stress.