Eczema & Clothing
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Eczema Clothing - How Does Clothing Effect Eczema Symptoms?
By E. Nelson
Having eczema, generally means the skin is exceptionally sensitive and there are many factors involved in creating eczema symptoms. One in particular is the clothes we wear, more importantly what materials they are made from. As someone with eczema, you should be aware of the potential irritation that certain materials can bring and look into finding "eczema clothing" that will be far more suitable for highly sensitive skin.
The following points are essential in keeping you skin itch and irritation free.
Point 1 - Abrasion
Many clothes are completely unacceptable for an eczema sufferers due to the abrasive qualities of the materials they are made from. Clothes made from certain wools and linen can cause extreme disruption to the skin and wearing such clothes for a full day can lead to a flare-up of eczema. Try to avoid them those types of materials where possible.
Point 2 - Clothes That Cause Us To Over-heat
A huge factor in the potential breakout of eczema, is materials that cause us to sweat and over-heat. Skin which is very sensitive and prone to eczema, does not fare well in these circumstances and will quickly become itchy and uncomfortable. Such materials are, silk, denim and leather. This, of course, is when the offending material is right next to the skin. If you wear a layer underneath to protect the skin, then there should be no negative symptoms.
Point 3 - Man-Made Materials
If you suffer with eczema then materials such as polyester and acrylic should be avoided. At first they may feel light and airy, and perhaps there are those that may be fine with them, however, they can cause extreme itchiness and discomfort. It is unclear whether this is due to the unnatural fibers or the molecular structure of the material.
There is one material that you can be guaranteed that will not cause any symptoms of eczema, that material being cotton. This natural material is completely conducive with eczema sufferers and is very gentle on the surface of the skin. Light cotton clothes are great as an undergarment for the more scratchy clothes, so you can have the best of both worlds. The use of cotton clothing for babies and toddlers with eczema is paramount for their comfort.
Not only is cotton soft on the skin, but it is also a light material that can still provide warmth.
These points are even more poignant for underwear and night clothes as they are directly in contact with the skin for longer periods of time. Taking care of your skin in connection with finding the right materials for your clothing can go a long way in keeping your skin itch-free and comfortable.
These are just a few helpful tips to help prevent eczema but there may still be other factors potentially causing your eczema. For the complete guide to getting rid of eczema, please continue to Eczema Prevention.
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