Understanding Eczema

Understanding Eczema

Eczema also known as “Atopic Dermatitis, a medical condition that causes skin irritation with dry, itchy skin. The disease affects children, later continues to the adulthood and later in life creating skin problems. The word ‘eczema’ comes from a greek word ekzein meaning “to boil or boil over”.

The latest research is suggesting that genetics and environmental factors play a major role in the disease. I’ve compiled a list of top ten triggers that may play a factor in your eczema as follows:

Top Ten Triggers for Eczema

Allergens:

Allergens are the substances that react abnormally with your body to cause an allergic reaction. Common allergens may include dandruff, pollens, molds, house dust mites, pets like cats and dogs. Avoid coming in contact to these allergens.

Irritants:

Irritants are the ones that cause irritation in the skin and make your disease even worse. Try to avoid harsh soaps, shampoos, detergents, disinfectants, contact with juices from fresh meat, vegetables, fruits as they can cause irritation and can flare up your skin disease.

Stress:

Stress can flare up the disease and can cause skin inflammation, irritation, redness and more. Avoid taking the stress.

Temperature:

Hot/cold temperatures with high/low humidity, perspiration from exercise and different weather changes can flare up the disease. So, avoid too cold/too hot temperatures.

Hormones:

Hormones produced by the body causes various effects that may be helpful or harmful. The release of hormones in high or low quantity can be the main cause for the flare up of Eczema in most of the cases. Have a proper health checkup.

Microbes:

Tiny molecules in the environment can prove to be much more harmful than anything else. Various microbes like fungi, bacteria, viruses come in contact with the skin and acts as the main cause for your skin disease.

Clothing:

Avoid using synthetic, woollen clothes/fabrics. As the fabrics can also cause skin inflammation, irritation and flare up the disease to even worse.

Habitual Scratching:

Eczema effects can worsen your skin with the constant itch cycle and your habitual habit of scratching the affected part of the skin. Avoid scratching and try to keep your nails short so that they may not affect your skin.

Perfumes and Toiletries:

Avoid the usage of perfumes, harsh fragrances, cosmetics, makeup, alcohols in toiletries as this can flare up the disease-causing worse effects.

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