Avoid trigger factors and irritants
Certain factors may trigger flare-ups of eczema, making your symptoms worse. These include:
1. Cleansing products
Many skin products can irritate and dry out the skin. Avoid using soaps, shower gels, and bubble baths when you wash. Use a soap substitute instead.
2. Irritating clothing fabrics
Certain fabrics may irritate the skin or cause it to overheat. These include wool and many synthetic (man-made) fibres. Cotton tends to be suitable as a fabric choice.
3. Harsh washing detergents for clothes
Certain chemicals can irritate the skin such as biological washing products. Try and choose gentle or natural plant-based detergents instead. It may be helpful to put your clothes through an extra rinse after washing them.
As difficult as it may be, try to avoid scratching your skin and keep your nails short to avoid further damage.
5. Extremes of temperature
Try to avoid getting too hot or too cold as this may irritate your skin.
6. House dust mite
Many people are allergic to the house dust mite. They are commonly found in bedding and on mattresses. Vacuum your mattress regularly and try to wash your bedding weekly at 60°C. Consider using dust mite covers on your pillows, duvet, and mattress to keep the levels of the allergen to a minimum.
May cause people to itch more.
8. Allergies to certain foods
Common foods that cause allergies include cow's milk, eggs, fish, soya, wheat, and nuts.
9. Pet Dander
An animals hair or saliva may trigger an allergic response.
10. Mould and pollen