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Household Cleaners and Eczema – Do You Have Allergic Reactions?

Eczema is a skin rash that has symptoms which include dry, itchy and reddened skin patches. Some people notice that their dermatitis is worsened or stimulated by a response to chemicals in the environment. Many people with eczema have hypersensitive skin which can be irritated by regular household chemicals. Some products you may need to avoid if you have this condition are:

Laundry detergents or fabric conditioners

Some detergents and fabric softeners can worsen the condition of the skin. Rinse clothes thoroughly after washing by using the rinse cycle again after the initial wash and use less detergent than indicated and choose a low fragrance product. Check ingredients carefully to find something that is fragance-free and listed for hypoallergenic users.

Chlorine

Chlorinated pools and spas can be an irritant for some individuals. If you really want to or have to swim in a chlorinated pool, cover the skin with a waterproof barrier cream like petroleum jelly beforehand.

Cosmetics

When using a new product, be sure to test it on a small area of the skin, like the ankle. If there is a reaction there, be sure not to use the product. This can include moisturizers, makeup, shampoos and after-shave lotions. You can find alternative products that will say dermatologist tested in drug stores or check in health food stores for items gentle to the skin.

Perfumes

It is best to avoid all perfumes, fragranced lotions, deodorants and shampoos if you have a history of allergies in your family and past incidents yourself.

Air-conditioners

Do not over heat or over-cool your house. Air-conditioners can dry out the air and irritate your skin. Also be sure to clean out the air filters as often as every month to avoid allergens that can aggravate the skin. Abrupt changes in temperature should also be avoided. Adding humidity can be helpful to moisturize the skin as dry skin may increase itching and flaknig.

Environmental Issues

Some people with resistant eczema find it helpful to reduce exposure to a wide range of known allergens. These can include house dust mites, mold, pollen and pet hair can all create allergic rashes in individuals. Abrupt changes in temperature should also be avoided.

Foods

If you notice that your eczema appears to worsen after eating a particular food, (dairy, corn, etc) you may want to see your doctor for allergy testing. Never self-diagnose, or deprive yourself of nutritious foods unless you are sure that it is causing a negative reaction. Write things down to document the foods you eat and see if you can correlate this with your eruption times.

It is important to remember what to avoid and what you can to prevent causing or aggravating skin irritation. Remember to always check with your doctor before making any changes that may cause health risks.

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