Healthy Home and Healthy Skin for an Eczema Sufferer
If you have eczema, your home should calm your eczema not flare it. Below are some tips to have an eczema friendly home.
It is important for an individual with eczema to have a home humidifier. Move the humidifier to the bedroom at night. Clean it regularly. Here is a great article on the best humidifier for an individual with eczema https://www.adrescuewear.com/blog/choosing-the-best-humidifier-to-manage-winter-eczema/
Clothing, sheets and towels touch your skin so you need to make sure you wash them with your sensitive skin in mind. Always use a FREE and CLEAR laundry detergent. Use the extra rinse cycle and never use dryer sheets or fabric softener. To learn more about minimizing eczema through laundry techniques visit this link https://www.adrescuewear.com/blog/is-your-laundry-routine-hurting-your-eczema/
Your bathing/shower routine is very important if you have eczema. Use lukewarm water not hot water. Hot water strips skin of its natural oils. Pat dry with a clean towel. Apply an eczema emollient then dress in dye free, chemical free eczema clothing. For dye free, chemical free, zinc free eczema clothing for kids and adults visit https://www.adrescuewear.com
Most detergents and cleaners for the home have known eczema triggers. If you have eczema make sure to wear gloves when you clean your home. Look for natural remedies including vinegar, essential oils, and natural scouring powders such as baking soda or brown rice flour.
Sheets and Towels
If you have eczema, it is important what you sleep on every night. We recommend 100% Tencel® sheets made for eczema and sensitive skin. Tencel® sheets are fairly new to the market and somewhat pricey but they will pay for themselves when it comes to enjoying a good night’s sleep. As stated above, wash your towels and sheets in a FREE and CLEAR laundry detergent and always use the extra rinse cycle and no dryer sheets or fabric softeners. Pat dry your skin after bathing or showering, do not rub your skin dry. You can buy sheets specifically for eczema and sensitive skin at https://www.adrescuewear.com/eczema-sheets/
Dogs and cats are known eczema triggers. If you have a dog or cat, consider giving it to a friend or relative for a few weeks to see if it helps your eczema. Always keep your pet out of the bedroom and away from the bed. Vacuum regularly with a hepa filter vacuum. Here is a great article on vacuums and eczema https://www.adrescuewear.com/blog/choosing-the-right-vacuum-to-manage-eczema/
Dust mites are also known eczema triggers. Someone with eczema should have a home without carpet and drapes. Their bedding should be encased. Sheets and bedding should be washed weekly in hot water. Floors should be cleaned with a vacuum then swiffered, especially if you have a crawling baby or toddler with eczema. Wash floors with water or water and vinegar. Also consider having your HVAC system cleaned to minimize dust.
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