Eczema Treatment: Environmental Measures

The best eczema treatment is generally the prevention of an eczema flareup. Environmental measures need to be put in place in your life so that you can avoid or at least reduce the chances of having a break out of eczema.

Common Allergens

The most common allergens that can irritate the skin and cause an outbreak of eczema rashes are pet dander, dust and dust mites, pollens, cleaning products and foods with high histamine counts. It is next to impossible to avoid these factors, but you can implement environmental measures in your life to reduce your exposure.

Reduce Pollen Exposure

Change your clothes when coming in from the outdoors. This will help to eliminate pollen on your clothes from drifting out into the air. Don't mow your own lawn; have someone else do it and try to be away from home while it is being done. Keep your windows shut during the spring and summer. These factors will help reduce your exposure and reduce flareups.

Reduce Dust Mites in Your Home

Dust mites are everywhere that people are, because they feed on dead skin cells. The top places in your home where dust mites are the most abundant are on upholstered furniture, bedding and carpets. Dust mites are somewhat hard to kill, but here is a process that is more likely to get rid of them:

Wash and dry any fabrics in the hottest temperature possible. You will have to launder your bed linens more often than those without eczema. This is a great eczema treatment for dust mites. If possible, you might be better off with non-upholstered furniture and non-carpeted floors. Vacuuming rugs, carpets and furniture frequently is another great tactic.

Prevention Tip for Cleaning

The chemicals and harsh detergents in most cleaning products are sure to strip the skin of its natural oils, dry out the skin and thus cause an outbreak of eczema. Try using cleaning products that are labeled as being "Green." These products are usually chemical free and good for the environment. Wearing cotton-lined rubber gloves while you clean is also a great way to reduce the occurrence of a flareup.

When it comes to laundry detergent, check for the kinds that are the most gentle, perfume-free and usually labeled as mild. You may not be allergic to all types of laundry detergents. If all detergents irritate your skin, you can try washing them in a mild detergent and then letting them run a cycle again in straight water.

When it comes to cleaning your body the same rules apply. Many body cleansers are full of additives and chemicals that can cause a flareup. Purchase the ones especially formulated for sensitive skin.

You simply cannot avoid all of the most common eczema-inducing allergens, but you can reduce your exposure. It is true that the best eczema treatment is prevention. The more environmental measures you place in your life, the less likely you are to have a flareup caused by one of these top allergens.

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