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Cleaning Your Home For Eczema


Living with atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, can become overwhelming and depressing. There is no known cure or definitive cause; however, there have been many contributing factors linked to it. Some of these factors include: hereditary genes, environmental elements and contact allergen responses. Below are some common household allergens and tips on how to clean your home to get rid of them!


Allergen #1- Dust 

Dust can aggravate eczema flares. It is important to keep your home dust free. This means removing it from: shelving, ceiling fans, fireplaces mantles and all the knick knacks throughout your home. Dust the door frames and ceilings too. Always wear a disposable, protective mask when completing this chore. Avoid feather dusters. Instead, use a cloth or disposable pad when wiping surfaces free of this pesky allergen.

Allergen #2- Dust Mites 

Dust mites are little bugs that feed off of your dead skin. This means they are particularly fond of areas in the home including: your mattress, pillows, bedding, carpets and other upholstered furniture. Wash your bedding once a week. It is important for you to invest in dust mite protection covers for your mattress. Vacuum your sofa and other upholstered furnishings with a vacuum that has a HEPA filter.

Allergen #3- Mold 

Mold is a fungus that creates spores in the air we breathe. This can irritate asthma and in turn, atopic dermatitis. It can be found in the home in areas such as the bathroom or windowsills. A solution of one cup of bleach per gallon of water can help you to clean your home from it. When working with chemicals, be sure to wear gloves and a disposable, protective mask. Latex is a common allergen and skin irritant, so choose latex free gloves to avoid that irritation.
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Allergen #4- Cigarette Smoke 

Smoking cigarettes is bad for your health. I am sure this is not the first time you have been told this. Not only is damaging to your heart and lungs, but it can cause cancer, asthma and exacerbate eczema rashes. If you are looking for help to quit smoking, visit SmokeFree.gov for resources on how to accomplish this.

Allergen #5- Cockroaches 

The feces and saliva of cockroaches has been linked to triggering asthmatic reactions. Asmathic people are more susceptible to developing eczema and those who already have it will likely experience a worsening of their condition, if cockroaches are around. These pesky, critters love garbage and crumbs. To avoid an infestation be sure to take garbage out immediately and keep dishes from piling up in the sink. Sweep the kitchen floor daily, to prevent spills or crumbs from attracting them.

Allergen #6- Pet Dander 

As much as we love our furry little bundles of joy, pets create a known allergen and eczema trigger called dander. There has been false information out there, suggesting short haired animals don't produce this allergen, but it is not accurate. There are a few things you can do to ensure you don't experience flare ups due to pets. Obviously, you can opt to not own any, however for many pet lovers that is too much to ask. If you fall into that category, then be sure to vacuum your home a few times a week (vacuum with HEPA filter). In addition, brush your pets outdoors and wash them at least once a week.  This will help you to keep pet dander from your home.

Always be sure to avoid harsh chemicals and soaps. Avoid antibacterial soaps, sulfates, formaldehyde, harsh laundry detergents, fabric softeners and dryer sheets.

Dr. Cheryl Lee Eberting blogs regularly about skin problems, treatment and after care at CherylLeeMD.com.

Cleaning Your Home For Eczema Reviewed by Brandon on 4/16/2015 Rating: 5

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