Eczema Tips for around the house

Bedroom

100% cotton sheets and pillow covers – Cotton is breathable and cool on the skin and will help stop overheating in the night. Double up on the pillow cases to give an extra layer to help shield you from the pillow which is often produced from non-natural fabric

Bed sheets are to be washed at least 60 degrees to kill dust mites, and always use Non-bio washing powder

Anti-allergy duvet & pillow

Anti-allergy Cotton mattress protector – Mattress aren’t made of cotton and can contain bacteria and bed bug which may irritate the skin. A mattress protector can be removed and washed regularly to help remove unwanted microbes

Wooden floors if possible – dust and irritants are easier to remove from wooden floors as they can not get trapped in the fibres and are easily cleaned

Partner not to use sprays – hairspray, perfume or deodorants in bedroom, the particles can land on sheets which will then irritant skin

Before going to bed – Partner and self to wash body, hair and face to remove any make up, hairspray, gel, fake tan etc. this will reduce the amount of irritants on the pillows and sheets which can trigger the eczema suffers skin

Room environment

Open windows when possible – fresh air will help stop the room becoming stuffy and allowing bacteria to thrive

Keep room cool – being too hot can cause sweating which can dry out the skin and cause itching

Standing, sleeping or sitting for long periods of time too close to radiators will cause skin to dry out

Tips for home management

Vacuum clean regularly to keep dust to a minimum

Furniture and clutter to a minimum – The less furniture the easier to clean dust from the room

Vacuum mattress regularly – vacuuming will remove dust mites and other allergens

Vacuum and wash couch cushion covers – covers are often not made of cotton so be aware when resting bare skin on them – a cotton blanket or pillow case can be used

Bathroom

Water not too hot – Make sure water is not too hot in bath or shower as hot water will wash away natural oils on skin

Only use Oilatum soap or another medical soap – other soaps contain chemical ingredients which are added to make them smell nice but unfortunately can irritate the skin of eczema suffers. Other soaps which are known to have reduced ingredients such as ‘simple soap’ unfortunately make the skin dry out

Oilatum shampoo – has no added chemicals and has a high oil content which will replenish oils on the skin lost during washing

No bubble bath – Bubble bath will remove natural oil and irritate skin

100% Cotton hand towels and bath towels – cleaned on a 60 degree wash with Non-bio washing powder regularly

Bath to be washed regularly – remove dirt and bacteria from bath that could infect open eczema wounds (UPDATE ON CLEANING METHOD NEEDED)

Leave moisturiser by sink to be used after washing hands – good placement of moisturisers can really help in ensuring that you replenish those natural oils which are very important in keeping the skin healthy

A clean bathroom will reduce mould that can become airborne and a trigger

Around the house

No air fresheners in home, scented candles, hand held sprays or plug ins, flowers and plants – as they can all irritate (trigger) the skin

Air purifiers can help remove irritates from the air and are safe to use

Vacuum regularly to keep dust down – Wooden Floors where possible to help keep dust to a minimum

Keep the home cool and have windows open regularly to keep air fresh

When cooking keep kitchen well ventilated and keep doors to kitchen closed as fats and oils can become air born and irritate the skin

Leather couches can be a trigger, after siting for a while you can start to sweat as the leather isn’t breathable , sweating can trigger eczema after it dries

Being to close to a heat source can cause the skin to dry and become itchy