Tracking down eczema triggers can be one of the more annoying parts about creating an eczema management routine. It's kind of like playing hide and seek, but far less fun. Elimination diets and other methods of tracking down eczema triggers can be incredibly frustrating, especially if you have more than one trigger. A few weeks ago, we talked about allergy testing and how it can be used to track down allergic dermatitis triggers. Another way to get a headstart on eliminating triggers is to look at a list of very common causes of eczema, many of which you can probably find in your own home.
One of the most common eczema triggers are the chemicals found in many household cleaners. One of the reasons why so many custodians suffer from eczema and other skin conditions on their hands is because they are constantly coming into contact with small amounts of caustic chemicals. Eliminating these chemicals in your home, and moving to eczema and allergy-safe cleaners, will help keep your eczema, and the tidiness of your home, under control. If you already suffer from hand eczema, our Eczema Gloves might be able to help heal your red and damaged skin.
Another place to find common household products that might be eczema triggers is in your cupboards. We've written a lot about food triggers and how to track them down. One of the most useful methods is to start a food diary. Cut certain foods out of your diet, making sure to note in your food diary if there is any impact on the severity of your eczema.
The most common household products that comes in contact with our skin on a daily basis are soaps and moisturizers. Many soaps and moisturizers can contain chemicals and scents that can trigger eczema flare ups. Finding an eczema-safe ointment or moisturizer is especially important if you are planning on applying Wet Wrap Therapy with an Eczema Rescue Suit. There are many places online where you can get eczema-safe cleansers and moisturizers (from AD RescueWear included), but you need to be careful that the products are actually for eczema-prone skin. Many products for “sensitive skin” still contain ingredients that might not go down well for eczema sufferers.
Tracking down triggers isn't fun and can cause a major disruption in your life, but it is one of the most important things you can do to help you or your eczema child’s flare ups. Once those common household products are removed from your home, you may just see a major improvement in the frequency and severity of your eczema.
Please remember information on our blog is not meant to be medical advice or designed to replace a physician’s judgement for treatment. Always consult your doctor about your medical conditions. AD RescueWear does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.