We are going to assume that you all know what eczema is, right? Great! Now, in some people, their eczema does not flare up all that often. In fact, the only time that it flares up is if they come into contact with a ‘trigger’. Something which kicks the immune system into overdrive. If you can avoid these eczema triggers, then your flare-ups will either be non-existent, or at least be barely noticeable.
It is worth pointing out that eczema triggers are different for everybody. It is important that you try to work out what your triggers are so you can avoid them in the future. On this page, we are going to talk about some of the most popular eczema triggers. The ones that are more likely to cause a flare-up.
1. Soaps and Detergents
If you use soap or detergents, then make sure that you wear gloves. Why? Because they strip oils from your skin. When the oils are stripped from your skin, it starts to dry out. This causes it to become itchy and far more sensitive.
You are, of course, going to be washing your clothes in detergents. You need to ensure that the clothes are rinsed well afterwards. If they are not, then you are likely going to be causing yourself a massive flare-up. There are some detergents which may not necessarily agree with you. Try to work out which detergents your body can handle.
2. Toiletries and Perfumes
There are some people who suffer a reaction from certain toiletries are perfumes. The ones which will have the biggest impact on you are ones which are alcohol based.
There are some fabrics which can irritate the skin. If you are suffering from eczema, then we recommend that you never wear ‘harsh’ fabrics such as wool. They will irritate your skin far too much. Instead, wear cotton. In other cases, wear ‘smoother’ fabrics. Anything that is man-made should be good for this.
The skin is exceedingly sensitive to the temperature. You need to ensure that you do not get too hot or too cold. We know that this can be difficult sometimes, but try hard! During the winter months, try to keep the inside of your home at a constant temperature. When the summer months start to roll in, get a fan set-up. All of this is going to work absolute wonders.
Try to avoid scratching yourself wherever possible. When you have eczema, it is likely that your skin is going to be incredibly itchy. The more you scratch it, the worse things are going to become for you.
If you are stressed, then you are more likely to scratch yourself. People do it out of habit. The stress is not going to cause the eczema flare-up on its own, but the scratching that you do as a result of the stress is going to cause that flare-up. There are several techniques out there that you can use to relax yourself. We suggest that you try to use as many of them as possible!
6. Food Allergies
There are certain food allergies which can make your eczema worse. The foods which are most-likely going to lead to an eczema flare-up include:
Not all of these will cause a flare-up in everybody. It is up to you to work out which are having an impact on your body and try to eliminate them from your diet. You will know if the food is one of your triggers as the flare-ups tend to occur within 2 hours of you consuming it. It is rare that it will take any longer than that. Keep a food diary.
If you believe that you have a food allergy, then we suggest that you visit your doctor. Your doctor will be able to try and work out what you are allergic to.
There are some pets which may cause an eczema flare-up. If you believe that your animal is causing your flare-up, then you may want to temporarily move the animal out of your home. This will enable you to see whether your symptoms improve or not. If they do, you do not need to get rid of the animal (unless your eczema is very serious), but you will need to look into ways in which you can control your symptoms.
8. Hot Water
If you are washing yourself, whether it be cleaning your hands, or in the bath or shower, then you will want to ensure that you use lukewarm water. Do not use hot water. This is going to be awful when it comes to dealing with your eczema.
9. Rubbing your skin
When you dry your skin, do not rub it. You will be irritating your skin. Instead, lightly dab the skin with a towel or another cloth.
10. The Sun
Always wear sunscreen when you go outside. We are not just talking about when it is blisteringly hot, either. Oh no. You will also want to ensure that you wear the sunscreen when it is the winter months too. This is because it is not the heat which is impacting your skin, but the UV rays that the sun puts out.
Of course, things will get a lot worse during the summer months if you get sunburn. This is because the sunburn is damaging your skin. This could lead your immune system being kicked up a gear which could lead to your eczema flare-up. Obviously, this is not something that you will want to deal with!
11. Dry Air
Finally; dry air can cause a flare-up in some people. This is especially apparent during the winter months. Make sure that you moisturize your skin regularly (do this as soon as you have finished showering or taking a bath, it helps to lock the moisture in). In addition to this, if you live in a very dry area, you may wish to look into investing in a humidifier to keep your eczema triggers to the minimum.