A recent survey has found that Eczema is the biggest childhood skin disease in the UK.
A study carried out by the British Skin Foundation found that 88% of 123 dermatologists believed childhood eczema had become a big problem. Indeed it is estimated to affect one fifth of the children in the UK.
Eczema tends to be concentrated around the inside of the ankles, knees and elbows as well as the face and neck.
However there is some indication that hard water may cause eczema, and that by extension soft water could help to alleviate the condition.
Water Purification Systems Could Help Alleviate Eczema
The Department of Health ran a study to see whether there was any link between hard water and eczema and while the results were inconclusive there were some individual cases results which may be of interest to sufferers of this awful disease.
Eczema makes skin so dry that it is unbearably itchy and uncomfortable. But one mother in the study said she had seen a “dramatic improvement” in her son’s condition after using a water softener for 12 weeks.
Anne Marie’s son Dylan had developed atopic eczema which caused horrendous skin blistering.
She explained her torment: “Dylan had bleeding sores, and even changing him was heart-breaking. Every time his skin was exposed, he started scratching. And he wouldn’t sleep for more than an hour without waking up to scratch. We had about a dozen different creams on prescription and I was at my wit’s end.”
But only two weeks after using the water softener there were amazing results. After the study the water softener treatment was stopped and Dylan’s conditioned returned so the family bought their own water purification system to eliminate hard water.
Study coordinator Professor Tara Dean of Portsmouth University said: “If water softeners are found to improve the symptoms of eczema it will be a breakthrough for both patients and doctors.”
While no hard evidence has been found yet, there are years of anecdotal testimony. It may be that soft water requires less detergent to be used for clothes washing – and detergents have been proven to irritate the skin of eczema sufferers.
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