Hard water is generally considered more of a nuisance than a health issue.
When people use water conditioners to eliminate hard water from their homes, they do so to protect their fixtures and appliances, to improve the appearance of clothing after it is washed, and to stop scale buildup on ceramic tile and shower doors, as well as spots on their glasses and dishes.
But a recent study from England offers another reason to keep hard water away from your home and your family. It suggests that hard water may damage our protective skin barrier, which can lead to the development of such skin conditions as eczema.
Those most vulnerable to eczema are infants. According to Web MD, between 10% and 20% of babies and small children will contract this itchy skin infection.
Hard water contains higher levels of calcium and magnesium ions, that can stick to skin and also stick to the soap that we use for washing. A prolonged exposure reduces the skin’s natural defenses.
In addition to an increased eczema risk, a compromised skin barrier could also contribute to the development of other conditions, including sunburn.
The researchers who prepared the study then looked into whether removing the calcium and magnesium ions using an ion-exchange water softener could halt the negative effects. And that’s exactly what it did.
The link between hard water and eczema is just one more reason to consider adding a water softener to your home.
At Dimewater Inc., our engineers are always prepared to help you choose the right water softener to meet your needs. Contact us at 760.734.5787.
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