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Can A Water Softener Help My Eczema?

Eczema is a dry skin condition where the infected skin becomes itchy, red, inflamed and rough. The condition is very common: it affects 20% of children aged up to 11 years old and 8% of teenagers and adults, according to dermatologists. There is no cure to eczema, but most people’s cases get better as they get older. Eczema is caused by things such as food allergies, hot and cold temperatures, allergens and irritants. It can be treated by applying heavy skin moisturizer within three minutes of bathing, taking regular warm baths and having a water softener system.

Hard water is not a cause of eczema, but it can make the infected skin more irritated. In areas where hard water is more common, the number of people with eczema is higher. A study, by, on the effects of having a water softener on people with eczema found that a water softener helped lesson the symptoms of eczema.

Eczema symptom levels after using a water softener include:

  • 91% recorded less itchiness;

  • 83% maintained that the water softener reduced the severity of their eczema;

  • of the 78% regularly applying emollients or steroid cream, 67% were using less;

  • 96% noticed smoother skin and softer hair;

  • 91% are using less soap and shampoo;

  • 83% used less washing powder and detergent;

  • 83% noticed softer feeling towels and clothes;

Although it isn’t a cure to eczema, soft water can lessen symptoms and bring some comfort to your skin. The best thing to do is to contact a dermatologist to diagnose the type of eczema you have and figure out the best skin care treatment plan. In the meantime, call Tri State Water to ask about getting a water softener system for your home.

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