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What should you do to curb eczema flares?

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  • Try these tips: Use only gentle, scent-free soaps, lotions, detergents, and cosmetics.
  • Stay indoors when pollen counts are high.
  • Keep your windows closed and the air conditioning on to keep pollen out of your home.
  • Wash your sheets and pillowcases in hot water weekly to kill dust mites.
  • Put dust-mite-proof covers on your mattresses.
  • Keep the humidity in your house set at below 45% to prevent mold growth.
  • Use an exhaust fan while you shower or take a bath to stop mold from growing on your bathroom walls.

SOURCES:

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Eczema in Children," "Testing Standards."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Dust Mite Allergy," "Mold Allergy," "Pollen Allergy."

Flohr, C. , February 2014. Journal of Investigative Dermatology

McLean, W.H. , January 2011. F1000 Reports Medicine

National Eczema Association: "Causes & Triggers," "What About Food Allergies?" "What About Other Allergies?"

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Pollen Allergy."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 04, 2018

SOURCES:

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Eczema in Children," "Testing Standards."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Dust Mite Allergy," "Mold Allergy," "Pollen Allergy."

Flohr, C. , February 2014. Journal of Investigative Dermatology

McLean, W.H. , January 2011. F1000 Reports Medicine

National Eczema Association: "Causes & Triggers," "What About Food Allergies?" "What About Other Allergies?"

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Pollen Allergy."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 04, 2018

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