a woman cleans her kitchenMild or severe eczema can make you want to hide under layers of clothing and ditch the upcoming holiday get-togethers. But instead of feeling insecure, let’s identify what is triggering your eczema and equip you with knowledge and medication to feel confident again! Here are four eczema triggers you didn’t know existed.

1. Metals, Especially Nickel

Did you know that nickel can be found in both objects and certain foods? If your immune system identifies nickel as harmful, it will release histamine which will produce a red, itchy rash where the nickel is. For example, if you’re wearing a watch or bracelet that has nickel in it, the rash may appear on your wrist.

If you eat food with nickel in it, you may have a food allergy reaction. Certain foods that may be problematic include certain grains (buckwheat or whole wheat), soy milk, nuts and seeds, black tea, and chocolate milk.

2. Active Smoking & Passive Tobacco Smoke

Both active smoking and passive tobacco smoke can increase the prevalence of eczema on your skin. It is likely caused by the toxins released by the nicotine in cigarettes. If you smoke, quit completely. If you are around others who smoke, do your best to leave the room or go outside to avoid the tobacco smoke.

3. Soaps & Household Cleansers

The fragrances and ingredients found in soaps and household cleansers may cause your eczema to flare.  It’d be difficult to forego cleaning altogether, so we suggest wearing thick gloves that extend up your arm to avoid contact with soaps or household cleansers. Also, purchasing organic soaps or cleansers that have non-toxic ingredients could be a more skin-friendly option.

4. Fabrics, Like Wool & Polyester

Neither wool nor polyester can absorb liquid very well. So, if you sweat or your skin becomes wet, the moisture will stay on top of your skin instead of soaking into the fabric. This can cause your eczema rash to itch. Additionally, these fabrics have a rough feel which can irritate your rash.

Simple Tips to Help Manage Eczema

If you have eczema, don’t hesitate to call Bluegrass Family Allergy today to speak with Dr. Brauer about managing this health condition. She can help you identify which triggers area causing the symptoms and how to manage it effectively. Meanwhile, consider these tips to reduce your frustrating symptoms:

  • Apply hydrocortisone cream to the area
  • Avoid taking hot showers
  • Moisturize eczema-prone areas after showering
  • Opt for fragrance-free soaps
  • Reduce your stress levels
  • Wear gloves while cleaning

Make an appointment with Dr. Brauer today: 270-228-2811