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Both during and after the treatment, the following guidelines should be adhered to:

Washing & Bathing:

Take short (5 minute) baths or showers with lukewarm water. Don't dry the skin after bath, just pat the skin with a towel to remove excess water.


Cosmetics and skin care products:

Avoid lotions that contain alcohol, perfumes, dyes or solvents if possible. Many of these lotions will irritate your already over-sensitive skin, and cause your skin to become permanently dry. All cosmetic products that contain AHA's or BHA's (alpha or beta hydroxy acids - fruit acids) should be stopped immediately. (Products with these ingredients should be avoided ). Avoid products like Petroleum Jelly (Vaseline) and Aquaeous Cream as they only dehydrate the skin even more.


Clothing and Bedding:

Clothing and bedding made from wool and synthetic fibers, such as nylon and polyester, can irritate the skin.

Only wear loose-fitting, 100% cotton clothing and cover your blanket with a lining made from 100% cotton.

Many eczema sufferers, especially children and teenagers try to cover their legs and arms even in the summer to avoid being teased by their friends and classmates. This only worsens the condition. As much as possible, you should wear thin clothing that will not cause you to sweat.


Laundry:

Avoid detergents that have dyes and perfumes. Do not over dry your clothes in the dryer.


Temperature and Humidity:

Heat and dryness aggravates eczema, so keep the house, especially your bedroom, on the cool side, and use a humidifier when the air is too dry. Be aware, however, that an overly humid environment can encourage dust mites to thrive, which will worsen allergies such as hay fever and asthma.

 

 
 

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