Many people with eczema have allergies or have a family history of asthma or hay fever. Studies have shown that up to 80% of children with eczem will go to have asthma or hey efver as adults. Given the role of allergies and inflammation in eczema there are four types of triggers:
1. Products that you use on the skin including detergents, buble bath, disinfectants and shampoos
2. Weather including hot weather, both low and high humidity and even getting over heated from exercise
3. Allergies including pollen, mold, dust mites and foods like eggs, wheat and nuts
4. Emotional and physical stress have been shown to trigger eczema outbreaks. There have alot of theories, but research points to the activation of inflammatory chemicals in the body.
With all these triggers, it seems like just about everything can bring on eczema. ut many of these factors can be controlled without living in a bubble. Since allergens like molds and pollen bury deep in fabric, disrupting their favorite hiding places can be a step in the right direction. here are five key areas to work on:
1. Eliminate wall to wall carpets. Use areaa rugs which can be picked up and cleaned.
2. Avoid dust ruffles on your beds
3. Use washable curtains rather than jeavy drapes
4. Run a HEPA air filter to clean the air
5. Try elimination diet to learn which if any of the common offenders trigger more irritation. Egs, milk and wheat are all excellent sources of nutrition and it would be a shame to avoid them needlessly.
New Ways to Reduce Redness
Standard treatment has focused on heavy moisturizers and steroids to reduce inflammation. Former NIH investigator Dr Cheryl Lee Eberting believes that the disruption of the ph barrier in eczema is an imporant clue in clearing the skin. The natural ph of healthy skin is slightly acidic and unfortuneately most cleasers and moisturizers damage the protect acid mantle. Look for mildly acid cleansers like CereVe Hydrating Cleanser and moisturizers like True Lipids developed by Dr Eberting.