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The SolveEczema view on dry skin

I am reposting a part of reply I just wrote to a comment, since not everyone reads the comments (and I tend not to even read what comes in frequently, because of all the spam).  It covers the issue of myths about dry skin, from my perspective: With eczema, dryness is almost a separate issue. …

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Eczema Baby Scratching – Now Not Scratching

http://www.indiegogo.com/solveeczema Eczema itches. Quality of life studies say even mild eczema can be as miserable as severe eczema, because no one sleeps. Babies don’t sleep, siblings don’t sleep, parents don’t sleep. It affects health and development. None of the studies quite hits home like this 2-minute video, sent to me by a mom who used …

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When We Don’t Know What We Know

We know this stuff, and yet, why don’t we add it up? Even my sleeping bag label tells me to wash it in mild “non-detergent soap,” because the makers know the high-tech fabric will lose its water repellency — become more permeable — from detergent residues. Some researchers use detergents for transdermal drug delivery (getting …

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Big news on the research front from England, still more work to be done

Noted dermatology researcher Dr. Michael Cork in the UK will soon be publishing an article linking detergents with eczema, a continuation of his long-standing work. I am thrilled for this verification of what I have been saying all along.           Unfortunately, if the popular press article I read tonight is correct, the …

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The role of surfactant in asthma

I’ve gotten much feedback over the years that the changes described in Solveeczema.org do more than help eliminate eczema for certain people, they help reduce or eliminate asthma, even in atopic family members who do not have eczema.  I’m not going to do too much analysis here, I’m going to let this article speak for …

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Persistence of Detergent Residues

I think this research paper by Horiuchi Utako from Gunma University in Japan speaks for itself — the translation of the abstract isn’t perfect, but the meaning is perfectly clear: 1)  A lot of detergent remains in clothing even after excessive rinsing. 2)  A significant amount of those residues can migrate onto other surfaces that …

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Update on mattresses: Avoiding dust

Here’s an interesting development.  In a previous post, I wrote about our experience choosing a mattress that wouldn’t be an allergy source for this specific detergent problem.   In trying to find something that wouldn’t shed detergent-laden dust or introduce potential allergens such as latex, we chose an organic cotton mattress with a food-grade polyethylene …

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Not an allergic reaction to detergents

Eczema from detergents – per solveeczema.org – is caused by how detergents affect skin membrane permeability and function and is not a true IgE-mediated allergy to detergents. In fact, very few people (if any) have a true allergy to detergents, most detergent allergies are actually allergies to product enzymes and additives. Sodium lauryl sulfate, known …

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