Skin Problems from daily household item

Soap

Excessive hand washing, using soap and water, strips the skin of its natural oils. At first, hand may look like dry, chapped skin. But if it's prolonged and not treated, the skin can actually crack and bleed.

Other related irritants include dishwasher soap, bubble bath, and body washes.


Household Cleaners

Most people are aware that household cleaners are not intended for the skin and the chemicals used in them can have an irritating effect on the body. These including all-purpose cleaners, dish detergents, laundry detergent, window cleaners, furniture polish, drain cleaners and toilet disinfectants.

Wearing protective gloves before handling such substances is recommended.


Fabric Dryer Sheets

Fabric softener and dryer sheets can cause itchy, irritant reactions.

You see rashes in places that are covered by clothing and relative sparing where the clothing is not.


Clothing

Clothing, especially rough fabrics like wool, can be problematic for individuals who suffer from a skin disorder called atopic dermatitis, the most common form of eczema.

If you suspect that your clothing fabric is causing itching, irritation or a rash, keep cotton and cotton poly fabrics in your wardrobe.


Heat

Hot weather, especially during summer months, can aggravate skin problems related to sweating. You might notice redness or chafing in certain areas, like the underarms, belly folds and groin.


Latex

Some people are hypersensitive to latex, a natural rubber found in everything from gloves to condoms. If you are sensitive to latex, you may experience welts under a bra strap or elastic waistband. Also, people who are allergic to latex may cross react to tropical fruits such as bananas and kiwis.


Fragrances

Fragrance allergies are really common. But there are many fragrances that use many different combinations so it may be tricky to weed out the offending chemical. Some people might develop a skin rash or hives from musk, while others react to vanilla scents.


Facial Creams

Facial skin with its deep pores is very easily breached. That's why you should take extra care with your creams and skin care products if you experience stinging or burning when applied. These products may include wrinkle creams, cleansers, and skin peels.

Check the labels for some common irritants such as ascorbic acid, paraban preservatives, and alpha hydroxy acids such as glycolic acid, malic acid, and lactic acid.


Plants

Poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac are three of the most common causes of allergy. They all contain oil called urushiol, which triggers an allergic reaction, typically an itchy rash.

A mild reaction might last 5 to 12 days, while a more severe reaction can last 30 days or longer. Most people don't deliberately expose themselves to poison ivy, oak, or sumac.


Food

Food allergies can certainly cause skin reactions ranging from hives to rashes. But even handling certain foods can cause skin irritations. If you happen to have cuts or cracks on your hands, handling acidic foods or spices can be irritating.

One lesser known phenomenon is when lime on the skin reacts with sunlight and causes severe blistering burns.


Nickel

Nickel is a common allergy. It can be found in costume jewellery, watchbands, zippers, and other everyday items.


Sunscreen

Sunscreen usage is recommended to protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB radiation, but certain chemical agents in sunscreens can cause a rash or allergic reaction.

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