Lifestyle Modifications

Understanding the triggers of Atopic Dermatitis can help you in making the right lifestyle modifications:

Common Triggers of Atopic Dermatitis

Irritants

  • Soaps, detergents, shampoos/conditioners
  • Preservatives, emulsifiers, and other inactive ingredients in lotions, creams and gels
  • Acidic foods (citrus)
  • Chemicals

Microbes

  • Infections - colds, flu, sore throat, sinusitis
  • Bacteria - S. aureus, Group A Strep
  • Yeast or fungus - Malassezia, dermatophytes
  • Viruses - herpes simplex, molluscipox

Allergens

  • Contact: Lotions, creams, metal
  • Foods (most commonly milk, eggs, peanuts, soybeans, wheat, seafood and seeded fruits)
  • Inhaled: pet dander (cat/dog); pollen, mold, house dust, dust mites

Others

  • Stress - Hot/hard/salt/chlorinated water
  • Hormones - Perfume

Environmental Conditions

  • Low humidity - Extreme temperatures

What you can do to help manage Atopic Dermatitis

Cleaning & Bathing
Bathing is of vital importance for children with AD

Clothing
Wash all new clothes before wearing. Make sure that the rinse cycle is clear by minimizing detergent or adding a second rinse cycle.

Indoor environment
Surroundings should be comfortable, with a fairly constant temperature and humidity level. Furnace-heated air can reduce the humidity level to less than 10%. Setting the thermostat too high will not only dry the air, but can also dilate blood vessels and promote itch.

Outdoor environment
Swimming is a good way to hydrate skin; a chlorinated swimming pool is like a bleach bath. The safest sun protection for babies and people with sensitive skin is preservative-free zinc oxide ointment or sun-protective clothing made of tightly woven, lightweight fabric.

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