Eczema triggers and how to avoid them?
Did the spots and patches of your skin become inflamed, red, cracked, or itchy? It might be due to eczema. Do you know what exactly causes eczema? Well, for most types of eczema, a combination of genes and triggers are involved. Let us take a closer look at the causes of eczema and how to deal with the triggers of eczema.
What causes eczema?
The exact cause of eczema symptoms can’t be pinpointed to one specific thing. Both genes and environmental factors contribute to this skin condition. It often runs in families. It is common in people who have allergies like asthma or hay fever. When you have eczema, your skin’s barrier does not function properly. This means it does not retain moisture as well. This leads to dry skin and makes you more prone to skin irritation.
Eczema triggers to avoid
Exposure to irritants can be minimized and even avoided if you know what to look out for.
- Allergens like dust mites and pet dander
- Colors and fragrances in certain soaps and detergents
- Extreme temperature as in too hot or too cold
- Food allergies
- Irritating fabrics like wool
How to deal with common eczema triggers?
- Clean regularly
Maintaining cleanliness and hygiene can lessen allergens and make a difference. Dust, mold, pollen and pet dander might cause eczema to flare-up. So, it is important to keep up with your cleaning routine to lessen exposure to these allergens. Dust as often as you can. Regularly give all furniture and cushion coverings a wash with a gentle laundry detergent. Open the windows as often as possible to air the rooms in your home and prevent the growth of mold.
- Moisturize your skin
Prolonged exposure to water is an eczema trigger. It can lead to persistent itching. Apply moisturizer after bathing or swimming. And take lukewarm showers to prevent drying out your skin.
- Avoid certain foods
Certain foods can worsen your eczema. After you consume foods and ingredients that are inflammatory, you might experience a flare-up. Consumption of foods that you are allergic to can trigger an inflammatory response. This makes your eczema symptoms worse. Note down everything you eat and drink for a few weeks. You will be able to identify the days your eczema worsens. This, in turn, enables to track patterns. Certain foods renowned for causing allergies are nuts, dairy products, soy and eggs. Note that certain artificial ingredients and preservatives can be eczema triggers. Foods that have high levels of trans-fats are instances of artificial ingredients that trigger eczema. Foods with a lot of sugar lie in this category. They cause flare-ups when insulin levels rise.
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- Use washing powder with no perfumes or colors
Swapping your laundry detergent might help decrease eczema flare-ups. The best washing powder for eczema sufferers is one that contains no perfumes or colors. Those with perfumes and colors contain chemicals that may cause skin irritation, aggravating your eczema. Look for a mild laundry detergent that is gentle to your skin and fabrics and is free from scent and color. When you have eczema, you should set your washing machine to do an extra rinse cycle. This will ensure your clothes are thoroughly rinsed of any detergent residue that could cause irritation. It is important to wear gloves when using cleaning products. It can be challenging to find a suitable cleaner that does not contain fragrance or color.
- Cope with stressful situations
Even though emotional stress does not cause eczema, it can aggravate symptoms. The body releases a hormone called cortisol when under stress. Are you dealing with chronic and ongoing stress? If yes, then the cortisol increases inflammation throughout the body. This leads to skin inflammation and an eczema flare. Deep breathing, meditation, getting plenty of rest and regular exercise can help coping with stressful situations. If you are able to reduce stress then may be able to keep your eczema under control.
The conventional treatment comes bearing possible side-effects including chemical dermatitis, thinning of the skin, discoloration of the skin, burns, increased risk of cancer and liver toxicity.
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Homeopathic medicines decrease itching and flare-up, the intensity, frequency and the duration of complaints. Along with limiting the spread of skin eczema, it stimulates the healing process, improves sleep, reduces the practice of topical application and offers an improved overall quality of life.
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