More than 30 million people in the United States have eczema â€” a long-term condition that causes symptoms like dry, itchy skin which, when scratched, results in a red rash, according to the National Eczema Association (NEA). Although there is no cure for the condition, there are ways you can prevent a flare-up.
The most common type of eczema, atopic dermatitis, is caused by an allergic- like reaction to allergens or other irritants in the environment, including dust mites, pet dander, and mold.
"The most common indoor allergens that trigger eczema are dust mites and pets,â€ says Elizabeth Page, MD, a dermatologist at the Lahey Clinic, in Burlington, Massachusetts, and an instructor in dermatology at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, who notes that itâ€™s especially important to keep your bedroom as allergen-free as possible.
Here are a few ways you can manage indoor allergens:
Indoor Irritants and Eczema Control
"Because people with eczema don't hold enough moisture in their skin, their skin can be more easily irritated than other people's,â€ Page says. One of the worst irritants for eczema is dry air, she explains.
Here are a few other ways to limit indoor irritants:
One of the best ways to manage eczema is to learn which irritants and allergens trigger an attack â€” and avoid them.
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