What are household irritants, and how can they be minimised/managed?

Eczema can be triggered by many things in the environment and people with eczema usually
have a number of different triggers. It is impossible to eliminate all eczema triggers, but simple measures can often help to reduce triggers and hopefully improve eczema. As a rule of thumb, trigger avoidance/minimisation makes sense if it makes a significant difference to eczema, but becomes pointless if there is no noticeable improvement.

Household irritants include house dust mites, pets, pollen and moulds, food preparation, central heating and humidity, and cleaning and laundry products.

For tips on how to minimise and manage these triggers, please see our factsheet on Household irritants. Further advice on bedding and laundry products can be found in articles from our magazine, Exchange.