Eczema Hygiene Tips

Hands should be kept clean, paying extra care to clean under nails – when scratching broken skin it is easily infected by bacteria on the hands, this will increase the healing time.

Hands should be dried throughly especially in between fingers then moisturised straight away using your moisturiser cream

Always have clean hands when going to bed so if you do scratch in the night they’ll be less chance of infection

When suffering from colds and viruses take care not to get the mucus onto hands and arms – the same bacteria found in the nose is also found on eczema suffer’s skin – change bed sheets when recovered

Wear loose fitting clothes as much as possible – shorts and t-shirts around the house – tight clothing can irritate skin

Towels should be 100% cotton and changed regularly

Moisturiser should be kept at all sinks ready to be used after washing hands

Keep nails as short as possible, use files to smooth away all sharp edges of the nails

Shower daily using Oilatum or another medical soap then moisturise with Aveeno after drying – water should not be too hot as this will remove natural oils from skin

Keep eczema clean as possible at all times

Savlon Antiseptic Cream can be used on the eczema – this is antiseptic, will help fight any infections and also helps soothe the pain

Chemicals used on printer and writing paper is a trigger – don’t touch skin or face after using paper – wash hands when finished to remove chemicals

Hand sanitizer is good for making sure your hands are bacteria free

Don’t use any perfume/aftershave or deodorants as these can be a trigger

A good nights rest and plenty of sleep will help with the healing process

Try not to touch skin with your hands during the day – many invisible triggers can be on fingers

Replace bed sheets and pillow covers weekly – dead skin cells and oils from skin and moisturizers can build up which can trigger itching

Wash pillows and duvets at at least 60 degrees regularly – if you can’t fit your duvet in your washing machine take it to a friendly launderette with some non biological washing powder and ask them if they can place the washing machine on a empty rinse then use the powder to wash the duvet

Use electric shavers – electric shavers seem to be less of an irritant to the skin than using a razor with shaving cream

Newly bought cloths especially socks and underwear should be washed before wearing, anti mound treatments are used so they can be kept in wearhouses and transported around the world , other chemicals are used for anti wrinkling and anti flame.

New bed sheets and pillow covers should also we washed on high temperature before using them for the first time

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