Eczema is a disease cluster that results in skin inflammation, and patients are often inflicted with itchiness, red skin, and rash. These people constantly need to moisturise their skin and take extra care to reduce allergens and perspiration.

Here are some tips on how to create a conducive environment for your family member:


How to reduce dust
Place doormats to trap small dirt particles on your visitors’ footwear before they enter your house, and go for wood or tile flooring as carpets will trap and spit out dust whenever someone steps on it. Clean the house with a damp cloth instead of feather duster, and scrub small space wedges and tile grouts frequently.

Suitable cleaning products
Commercial cleaning solutions contain chemicals, fragrance, and anti-microbial that can irritate the skin and build up throughout your house. Eczema-friendly products such as hypoallergenic detergent may not clean your clothes as well as stronger detergents, but it does the cleaning well enough and does not cause eczema. To reduce chemical usage, consider natural solutions such as baking soda or vinegar.


How varying air humidity will affect the skin
Getting the right temperature and humidity can be a challenge for eczema suffers—too dry and the skin dries up, too hot and the eczema flares-up. If an air-conditioned room dries the air too much, consider getting an air cooler instead.

Appropriate bed sets to reduce discomfort
Avoid mattresses with foam as they retain heat and irritates the skin. For a cooler sleeping experience, use lightweight covers such as cotton or bamboo bed sheet that encourage breathability and moisture wicking.

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