If like me you suffer from eczema, certain things can trigger a flare-up. A big problem for me is pollen from flowers and plants. It often makes my skin react and my eyes sore and itchy so whilst I can’t enjoy real flowers in my home, over the past year I’ve built up a nice selection of faux flowers that look real, make me happy and don’t bring me out in a rash! Here’s a look at why faux flowers are good for your eczema! (…or your soul which in turn helps your skin …!:)
Pollen is an eczema trigger
According to the National Eczema Association:
People with eczema tend to have an over-reactive immune system that when triggered by a substance outside or inside the body, responds by producing inflammation. It is this inflammation that causes the red, itchy and painful skin symptoms common to most types of eczema.
Pollen is an outside trigger for a lot of people who are prone to eczema so having flowers in the home will only encourage a flare-up as the pollen comes in to contact with the skin or is inhaled in the air. Real flowers in the home could be making your child’s skin flare too.
Up to 80% of children with eczema also have asthma or allergies to pollen, dust mites, pet dander, mold, or certain foods. (Webmd)
Removing the triggers from the home including artificial fragrances, pet dander and pollen will have a positive effect on your skin and allergies.
Why are Faux flowers good for your eczema I hear you ask?
So by now it’s pretty obvious…. There’s no pollen, therefore, no increased risk of a reaction!
Not sure about you but pretty things make me happy too and happiness is good for your soul! When you suffer from allergies or skin conditions it comes with stress (and lots of it) so really anything you can do to make you happy and to avoid stress is a good thing. Stress causes a chemical response in your body that makes skin more sensitive and reactive. It can aggravate skin conditions making it harder for the problems to heal!
There are faux flowers and there are fake looking flowers
Whilst there is an abundance of faux flowers available on the market these days from high street shops, let’s be honest there are a fair few that look a bit naff, which you can tell aren’t the real deal and to be honest I like my faux flowers to look real! I like to alternate them around my home so that I’ve always got different flowers on my kitchen table and window sill (like you would if you bought fresh flowers weekly).
If you want ones that look authentic you need to shop around. Garden centres tend to have a really good offering and they are often the most ‘lifelike’. Personally, I like to build a bouquet over time and select stems and sprays I like as and when I see them. I also like to buy seasonal flowers like tulips to display them in spring when they would naturally be in season.
Here are a few of my favourite faux flowers that I’ve purchased over the past year!
Hopefully, this will inspire those who have pollen allergies to get some pretty flowers in their lives and homes.
We all need a bit of self-care and self-love occasionally and who isn’t cheered up by flowers (just the faux kind for me?!)
…Oh and when your hubby says (like mine used to) “I can’t buy you flowers babe as your allergic!” you can politely correct them and point them in the direction of the faux kind!
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