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Eczema
There exist many forms of eczema, which is also known as dermatitis.  It is defined as an irritation of the skin not caused by bacterial infection.  Eczema is said to be an over-sensitivity of the immune system and could be due to abnormal absorption of foreign compounds and affect the skin negatively.  Although eczema is usually assumed genetic, airborne allergens can worsen this disease. The condition may be temporary or chronic, mild or life threatening and affects about 10% of the population.  People who suffer from eczema are abnormally sensitive to certain allergens, which cause the immune system to overreact, the result being inflamed, irritated and sore skin.  Dust mites, animal dander, pollen, solvents and industrial chemicals can be triggers to eczema.     

Eczema
  • Redness, flaking, cracking of skin, small red blisters
  • Feels itchy, hot, painful and dry

Psoriasis
About 2% of the population suffers from psoriasis, which appears in young adulthood or later and is caused by genetics.  It is the product of lungs or liver not being able to deal with the overload of toxins.  Undamaged skin goes into the wound repair cycle and produces new cell faster than the old ones are shed creating the raised area (shedding skin faster causes more food for dust mites, so be extra careful to keep home clean).  Long term exposure to dry climate with very low humidity can cause psoriasis to worsen.

Psoriasis
  • Often on knees, elbows or scalp
  • Patches of red skin covered with silvery white raised scales

Dust mites are often the culprits for irritated eczema from household allergies so make sure to:

  • Use allergen proof bedding and casings
  • Wash bedding in hot water once a week
  • Remove clutter from the bedroom
  • Don't let your child sleep with stuffed toys if they suffer with eczema, in fact keep stuffed toys off the bed altogether. 
  • Wear gloves when cleaning and use natural cleaning products when possible
  • Use low VOC building materials in the home and low emission paints and solvents
  • Vacuum regularly with a HEPA filter equipped vacuum or central vacuum with unit outside living space (garage). 
  • Equip your home with an Air Cleaner to filter out particles that may initiate a reaction and be sure to have it cleaned often
  • Keep humidity between 30-50% keep house well ventilated with a Heat Recovery Ventilator
If someone in your family suffers from eczema or psoriasis, call Home Heroes today to assess the air your family breathes and develop a solution to remove triggers of these conditions!
 
 
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