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Dealing with Eczema Itch

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Eczema is estimated to affect 10 to 15% of the population, and is becoming even more common. The causes of eczema are not completely known yet, but it has to do with genetic and immunological factors. For more information on eczema, visit

Eczema can be exacerbated by allergies. Common allergies such as nickel and chrome can be found in jewellery. Preservatives can also be allergens, and found in cleansers lanolin, rubber or latex. If you suspect an allergy, visit your dermatologist.

Other sources of irritation can be found in detergents. If your skin is sensitive to soap and detergents try using less detergent in your laundry and rinse twice to remove all detergent residues, and avoid the use of fabric softeners. Certain products such as Bounce Free and Tide Free are designed for those with sensitive skin.

If you have eczema, a bath is a better choice than a shower. Remember to stay away from hot water as it dehydrates the skin further. Instead, use lukewarm water, and avoid the use of baths or soaps that contain perfume or other fragrances. Moisturize regularly, avoid irritants such as harsh soaps and other potential allergens, and try and reduce your stress as best as possible as it can weaken your immune system. If your eczema does flare up, see your doctor for a prescription.


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