What she found was that her son was reacting to all the chemicals she had been using to keep her house a showpiece.
Could F.A.C.T.S. also being affecting your condition?
Amilya Antonetti abrreviated the main culprits as F.A.C.T.S.:
- Tobacco smoke
- Synthetic fragrances.
Many of these substances are found in cleaning products (formaldehyde, ammonia, chlorine, synthetic fragrances) and in toiletries (synthetic fragrances, formaldehyde by-products such as aspartame). You will also find sodium lauryl and laureth sulphate, ethyl alcohol and parabens in many toiletries.
There are simple ways of replacing all the chemicals in cleaning products, by using bicarbonate of soda and vinegar for much of the cleaning in the house. Alternatively there are natural cleaning products you can use. There are many natural and organic toiletries on the market and because one uses shampoos, toothpastes, moisturisers on a daily basis it is important that they are not adding to the load of pollutants your body has to deal with. It's often a good idea to use just a few good toiletries so that it is easier to monitor what suits you.
Cleaning products and fabric softeners can contain many toxic ingredients which are not only harmful to the chemically sensitive but are a potential health hazard to anyone who uses them on a regular basis.
With so many natural and effective toiletries on the market today there is no need to use products containing harsh chemicals that can be absorbed into your body.
Read the label and know what you are using
Be choosy about the products you use. Read the list of ingredients, remembering that they only need to contain a small amount of natural ingredients to be called natural.
Tobacco smoke is not a substance one would immediately associate with eczema and it is more likely to affect asthma. However, cigarette smoke (even second hand) does contain a lot of chemicals that could affect any allergic person.
Try natural creams and lotions designed specifically for skin conditions
Steroids and prescription creams can be necessary if your eczema really flares up. Long term use of steroid creams can lead to thinning of the skin and even secondary fungal or bacterial infection. Our therapeutic toiletries have all been created with eczema and skin conditions in mind and have the advantage of natural ingredients and no long term side effects.
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