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Avoiding irritants


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I avoid irritants such as strong perfume.

I avoid dyes in cosmetics and cleaning products.

I avoid allergens (if you have proven allergies).

I use gloves when working with items that can irritate the skin.

I use skin moisturizers before my hands become itchy or dry.

I have good housekeeping.

I avoid extreme heat and cold.

I avoid hazardous substances.

I clean or replace contaminated clothing.

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      Private notes on 'avoiding irritants'

      Irritants in this context are substances that may cause injuries to the skin, the eyes or the airways after a single exposure.

      Avoiding irritants helps in combating inflammation. Increased inflammation may play a role in depression.[1][2].
      Prolonged or repeated exposure to weak irritants or a single exposure to stronger irritants may result in lasting health effects such as (irritative) eczema[5], asthma[3] or coughing[4].

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      • [1] Depression Is Associated With High Levels of C-Reactive Protein and Low Levels of Fractional Exhaled Nitric Oxide: Results From the 2007-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys. Cepeda MS, Stang P, Makadia R. J Clin Psychiatry. 2016 Dec;77(12):1666-1671. doi: 10.4088/JCP.15m10267.
      • [2] Setiawan E, Wilson AA, Mizrahi R, Rusjan PM, Miler L, Rajkowska G, Suridjan I, Kennedy JL, Rekkas PV, Houle S, Meyer JH. Role of Translocator Protein Density, a Marker of Neuroinflammation, in the Brain During Major Depressive Episodes. JAMA Psychiatry. 2015;72(3):268-275. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2014.2427
      • [3] EU-OSHA, European Union information agency for occupational safety and health View
      • [4] Ternesten-Hasséus, E., Larsson, S. & Millqvist, E. Symptoms induced by environmental irritants and health-related quality of life in patients with chronic cough - A cross-sectional study. Cough 7, 6 (2011). View
      • [5] Klauder JV, Brown H. Experimental Studies in Eczema: i. Study of the sensibility of the skin of rabbits to chemical irritants under experimentally induced conditions. arch derm syphilol. 1925;11(3):283–302. doi:10.1001/archderm.1925.02370030002001