Here’s a list of eczema triggers that can cause your skin to flare up.
Eczema is a skin disorder that causes red, itchy patches of skin to flare up. The root cause of eczema is most usually some kind of digestive weakness but there are other factors that can also cause a flare up depending on the environment a person is exposed to. Treating eczema requires constant vigilance of your environment and diet to understand what triggers the skin to get irritated and break out into rashes. So, keep a lookout for all the triggers listed below.
Dust mites are tiny organisms that live inside mattresses and bedrooms. These are invisible to the naked eye and so detecting them can be difficult. Eliminating dust mites altogether from the house can be an impossible task but you can sanitize your bed sheets and pillow covers on a regular basis to make sure they stay clean of them. Get the mattress shampooed or vacuumed every month. People who are allergic to dust mites can use emollients and temporary topical steroids that usually help in containing the irritation of the skin.
Laundry products often contain chemicals that can trigger your eczema. There are several irritants in laundry products like detergents, solvents, enzymes, bleach, surfactants and fragrances that are put into the product to loosen up tough stains, to retain color, to provide good smell and many other reasons, which can cause a person’s eczema to flare-up. Several perfumes, dyes and preservatives can also cause allergies that can trigger the eczema. To avoid all of this, you have to make sure the detergent is completely washed off your clothes before wearing them. Also, avoid loading the washing machine when full because the detergent might not wash off properly. Don’t use excess detergent and always wash new clothes that you buy before wearing them.
Pollen, spores and other allergens are often ignored as a reason for eczema because these are things that are seasonal and are in the air and unavoidable. Eczema keeps the body on constant alert for anything that might trigger the condition. So, try and stay indoors on windy days when the pollen is easily transported around. If you do go out, always wash your hair and skin once back indoors and wash your clothes too. You can try out anti-histamines and other allergy blockers that can be your best friend when eczema flares up. Also, try to include a low-allergen diet into your meal plan during spring time because it gives the body the immunity required to stay strong against the pollen and allergens.
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