If you, or your child, have suddenly developed eczema you will soon discover it takes more than a dab of cream to manage your symptoms and with a change of season your may need a little extra help...

Eczema is characterised by red, itchy, cracked skin which can be intense in nature and cause you to feel hot, bothered, irritated and even affect your quality of life.

If you’re diagnosed to be atopic this means you have a genetic tendency for your immune system to make increased levels of IgE antibodies to certain allergens.

This means you are more likely to have more than one allergic condition and can also develop asthma, hay fever and food allergies.

Eczema can also flare-up as a reaction to a particular season, stress or household trigger which can be anything from house dust mites, animal dander, mould spores, pollen, chemicals in cleaning products, preservatives in toiletries or latex gloves.   

Therefore it’s vital you take a holistic approach to managing eczema by creating a healthy environment at home and work in a bid to ease your symptoms.

This must include using a water unit to filter out the drying effects of added chemicals and air purifiers to cleanse the air of dust particles and pet dander.

Top products to protect your skin

Water

Research shows that chlorine added to tap water can be inhaled and absorbed - it can also leave sensitive skin dry and open to attack - so you need to remove it.

Try the Rainshowr Crystal Ball Bath Dechlorinator £43.50 as it is a quick and simple way to remove 99% of chlorine from your bath water.

“I can now bathe without any fear of dry flaking skin,” AB Gloucestershire.

A Culligan Filtered Showerhead £79.99 is easy to install on high or low pressure showers and reduces the harsh effects of chlorine and sulphur odour.

I like knowing I am eliminating toxins as I'm getting clean.” Julia, London

You can also filter out chemicals from drinking and cooking water with a Doulton Countertop Plastic Water Filter £122.80 - removing the need for filter jug.

The ultracarb filter is efficient at removing bacteria, chlorine, cysts, heavy metals, particles and trace organics.

To ensure every tap in your home releases chemical-free water to drink, bath or shower in  install a Whole House WH6 Standard Double Unit with Choice of Filters £394.40 - £497.40.

This filter includes a pre-filter which removes sediment and particles, a heavy metal filter to remove lead and mercury plus a fluoride filter essential to ease the symptoms of eczema.

Stainless Steel Gravity Water Filter Casing

Looks stylish, works very well, and the water tastes great (very smooth) which is perfect seeing as I live in Brighton where we have rather hard water... No problems setting up, easy to assemble, easy to clean. I would highly recommend.Susie, Brighton

Air Purifiers

Did you know it is not a bite from a dust mite we are allergic to but the faeces it leaves behind? These droppings can become airborne exasperating conditions such as eczema and asthma.

The best way to remove these allergens is to ensure you buy an air purifier with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter.

We would recommend a Fellowes AeraMax DX55 Air Purifier £194.99 with True HEPA, as it removes 99.97% of particles down to 0.3 microns collecting pollen, dust mites, mould spores, pet dander and cigarette smoke.

The unit also includes an activated carbon filter to remove odours and a PlasmaTrue ioniser which attracts airborne particles in a similar way that static from your television attracts dust.

The HoMedics AR29A True HEPA Air Purifier now on sale at £149.99 from £199.99 also includes the HEPA and carbon but also has a UV light which removes bacteria, viruses, mould and fungus. The oscillating movement of the unit helps to spread the clean air around the room.

An efficient all-rounder is our new MeacoClean CA-HEPA 119x5 Air Purifier £379.99 as it removes allergens, pollutants, mould spores, germs, viruses, bacteria and household VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).