Help with neurodermatitis: smooth and finely woven clothing fabrics
According to experts, around four million people in Germany are affected by the chronic inflammatory skin disease neurodermatitis. The majority of them are children. The disease cannot be cured, but there are several ways to relieve the discomfort. One of them concerns clothing.
Many children and adolescents affected
Neurodermatitis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease and, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), "one of the most common diseases in childhood and adolescence". The disease is usually accompanied by severe itching, dry, scaly and reddened skin. "Due to the itching and the visible rashes, neurodermatitis can severely affect the psyche and quality of life of those affected," write the experts.
Neurodermatitis cannot be cured
Neurodermatitis cannot be cured causally. Instead, therapy is all about treating the symptoms to relieve the discomfort. In addition to basic skin care by regularly applying cream to the skin, avoiding risk factors or environmental influences that were recognized as triggers of the disease during the course of the disease is of central importance.
It is known, for example, that certain foods can increase the symptoms of atopic dermatitis and the menu should therefore be individually tailored.
Garments made of smooth and finely woven materials
People suffering from neurodermatitis should wear clothing made of smooth and finely woven materials such as cotton or viscose. Because the surface structure of these fibers is less irritating to the skin, explained dermatologist Annice Heratizadeh from the Hannover Medical School (MHH) in a message from the dpa news agency.
Suitable materials are also silk and linen. Synthetic fibers such as nylon and polyester as well as coarse wool, on the other hand, irritate the skin and cause itching. It is advised to remove the labels to avoid the slightest irritation. Since rough seams can also cause itching, it can make sense to wear the garments on the left. Airy clothing is particularly pleasant. As a result, there is no build-up of heat that additionally stimulates neurodermatitis.
To give away therapies
Natural remedies can also help with neurodermatitis, for example radon heat therapy. Patients who want to try a treatment from a naturopath may also receive it free of charge, because an entrepreneur wants to give away 200 natural neurodermatitis therapies.
In this project, the successful businessman Paul Scheuschner - himself affected - wants to fund up to 200 people with neurodermatitis with treatment from a naturopath with 500 euros. Information and the possibility to register can be found on the project website. (ad)