STRESS Management: Reducing stress is important when managing allergy and reactivity, as stress reduces immune tolerance and can make your symptoms worse. Stress can increase the production of the hormone called cortisol. Cortisol has an inflammatory effect on the skin and contributes to flare-ups.
To reduce stress, use daily stress management practices such as meditation, yoga and breathing exercises. Gentle exercise can help to regulate cortisol levels.
- CLOTHING: Choose clothing which is breathable such as cotton or bamboo. Make sure it does not cling tightly to your skin.
- BEDDING: Wash your bedding at least once per week in heated water (over 54 degrees) with non-allergenic detergent. Invest in hypo-allergenic bedding.
Encase pillows and mattresses in dust mite-proof covers. Replace pillows regularly - every six months. They are a ‘buffet’ for dust mite.
- If you suffer from airborne allergies like hay-fever, wear a face mask whilst sweeping, vacuuming, mowing or dusting to limit your exposure to inhaled allergens.
- VACUUM once or twice per week and limit the number of rugs in your home to reduce dust and mould, etc. Clean and air rugs regularly, particularly if you have indoor pets.
- AVOID smoking and smokers.
Excessive CLIMATIC temperatures e.g. too hot, too cold, high winds and high humidity can exacerbate skin rash imbalances.