Targeting Eczema Triggers

Knowing what could make eczema worse is an essential part of your eczema treatment. Avoid these common triggers to prevent a flare-up of your symptoms

Do you notice that your skin is dry, itchy, and cracking, especially during winter months or when you are stressed out? Maybe it’s eczema, a condition that causes itchy, red, and scaly patches of skin. Often called dermatitis, eczema can affect anyone in any age group. While there are good eczema treatments, there is no eczema cure.

But what causes eczema? Everyday things in your environment — cigarette smoke, pollen, and even your clothes — can be what causes eczema to flare. This is a recurring, long-term inflammation of the skin that’s related to sensitivity to allergens in the environment that may not cause the same rash in other people.

There are two major types: atopic and contact eczema. Atopic is the most common form, and it’s linked to asthma and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). Then there is contact eczema, in which something from the outside contacts the skin. Contact eczema can be allergic; for example, some people have a nickel allergy and they get eczema rashes from their belt, earrings, or other items. The second form of contact eczema is irritant, and it affects everyone to a certain degree. This is the type of eczema you may see from bandage adhesives, soaps, and detergents and is commonly found on adult hands. Rashes that look like eczema may be found on various parts of the body. Adult seborrheic dermatitis affects adults ages 20 to 40 and may be caused by a yeast growth. This type is seen on the scalp as mild dandruff but can spread to the face, ears, and chest. Stasis dermatitis affects the lower legs of adults in middle and old age and is caused by poor circulation. Read Moore…

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