Allergies are common and can be caused by environmental factors and personal hygiene.
If you or your partner have allergies, it’s possible you’ll need to move to a house with different smells and cleaner environments. That’s why it’s important to avoid cleaning your home too much.
If you do get into an allergic reaction, it’s important to take it seriously. You need to stay calm and talk to your doctor or allergist about what’s causing your symptoms.
You can also prevent allergic reactions by taking steps to protect yourself from allergens in the first place.
You can do this by:
- Washing your hands frequently
- Using a dehumidifier
- Avoiding dust mites
- Cleaning your home once a week
- Avoiding using perfumes, soaps, fabric softeners, and other cleaning products
- Regularly going outdoors, but not in high pollen or animal dander
- Avoiding products with chemicals, like bleach and other disinfectants
- Washing bedding and other fabrics often in hot water
- Using a dehumidifier in your bedroom
If the reason you’re experiencing allergies is because of a new environment, try to avoid allergens as much as possible.
When to see a doctor about allergies?
It’s possible for allergies to be a temporary issue that goes away on its own.
If you think your allergies are getting worse, talk to your doctor. They can help you get the right treatment and manage your symptoms.
If you’re experiencing any of the following, you may need to see a doctor:
- You’re having trouble breathing
- You’re having trouble sleeping
- You’re having trouble eating
- Your symptoms are getting worse
What is eczema?
Eczema is a skin condition that causes itchy, scaly patches on your skin. It’s also referred to as atopic dermatitis.
Eczema is often triggered by an allergic reaction. You may have some of the same symptoms, such as a rash, itching, or swelling.
This can make it hard to tell if you have eczema based on your symptoms alone.
The best way to test for eczema is to check your skin for:
- Dry, scaly patches
- Thick, crusty skin
You should also see your dermatologist if you have any of these symptoms and you’re not sure if it’s eczema.
Eczema can have a huge impact on your quality of life. It can lead to flare-ups and cause your skin to become more sensitive to the sun.
Eczema is highly treatable, and your dermatologist can help you find the right treatment plan for you.
What causes eczema?
There are many reasons why you may develop eczema. These can include:
- Skin infections
- Skin injury
Eczema can also be caused by a reaction to a common food or substance. This is referred to as food allergy dermatitis.
Food allergy dermatitis is very common, affecting more than 50 million people in the United States. In some cases, it may be a temporary condition.
What are the symptoms of eczema?
Eczema symptoms vary and may include:
- Itchy, scaly patches on the skin
- Thick, red patches
- Crusty skin
- Dry skin
- Dry, flaky skin
- Scaly or raised patches
Eczema can be treated with medication and skin care products. Talk to your dermatologist about the best treatment plan for you.
How is eczema diagnosed?
Your doctor will want to check your skin for signs of eczema. To do this, they’ll examine your skin for eczema-related symptoms and ask you about your general health.
If you have symptoms of eczema, your doctor may:
- Ask you questions about your medical history
- Check your skin for signs of eczema
- Ask you to take a skin patch test to check for allergies
- Take a skin biopsy to check for infections
What is the treatment for eczema?
Eczema is often treated with:
- Over-the-counter (OTC) anti-itch creams
- Prescription-strength creams
- Topical corticosteroids
- Oral corticosteroids
- Oral immunosuppressants
The best way to treat eczema is to find and treat the underlying cause. This will help you address your symptoms and live a more comfortable lifestyle.
If you’re experiencing an allergic reaction, you’ll need to avoid the allergen. This will help your symptoms go away more quickly.
If you have eczema, your doctor may recommend prescription-strength corticosteroids or oral corticosteroids.
You may also need to take OTC anti-itching creams, such as hydrocortisone cream, or anti-itch creams with a stronger corticosteroid, such as prednisone.
This will help reduce the itching and flaking.
It’s also important to follow your doctor’s instructions for treatment. This includes:
- Avoiding the allergens that cause your symptoms
- Taking your medication at the right time
- Taking your medication as directed
If you are having an allergic reaction, your dermatologist may recommend an OTC immunosuppressant or oral corticosteroid.
You should also avoid any products that may cause a reaction. This includes:
- Bleach and other disinfectants
- Bleach and other chemical products
- Bleach and other products with chemicals
- Perfumes, soaps, fabric softeners, and other cleaning products
- Perfumes, soaps, fabric softeners, and other cleaning products with chemicals
- Perfumes, soaps, fabric softeners, and other cleaning products with detergents
If you smoke, you should avoid using tobacco products. This will help keep your skin healthy.
How can I prevent eczema?
The best way to prevent eczema is to avoid the allergens that cause your symptoms.
Eczema flare-ups often happen after a food allergy or allergy-like reaction. If you’re allergic to red meat, you should avoid eating it.
You should also avoid:
- Tree nuts
If you develop allergies after moving to a new home, there are ways to minimize your risk. You can also take steps to protect yourself from allergens in the first place.
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