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Causes of Eczema

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Like many skin conditions, there is no one specific cause for eczematous conditions. Eczema is often triggered more easily in people with dry skin or from environmental factors.

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What Causes Eczema?

Atopic dermatitis is likely to be caused by a combination of things, however there are some contributing factors which may increase your likelihood of developing the condition. Some studies also suggest a link between genetic factors and atopic dermatitis.

When discussing the causes behind eczema, attention should also be given to identifying the triggers that cause flare-ups. As there is no cure for eczema and it is likely that a combination of factors led to the development of the condition, it’s more important to understand what triggers (or causes) your eczema to worsen during your everyday life.

Some of the most common eczema triggers include:

  • Underlying skin infections
  • Other skin conditions, such as acne
  • Allergens, including pollen and mould
  • Irritants found in detergents, soaps and shampoo
  • Food allergies to dairy, nuts or wheat

In addition to the most common triggers listed above, some people also find that their symptoms worsen when their skin becomes sweaty or during periods of hormonal changes.

Childhood Eczema

Triggers can vary from person to person, so if you do experience a flare-up, it’s a good idea to think about your surroundings at the time, to identify possible causes.

Atopic eczema is generally considered to be a chronic condition, as there is no cure. With this in mind, however, research has shown that many children who suffer from eczema report an improvement in symptoms as they become older.

Causes of flare-ups can also be effectively managed, by adjusting your surroundings and applying prescribed topical treatments as soon as you experience any symptoms.

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By identifying what causes our eczema triggers, we are able to adjust our surroundings and find effective solutions to treat atopic dermatitis.

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Eczema FAQs

What is eczema?

Eczema is a common inflammatory skin condition that presents as symptoms of itchiness, dry skin, scaly patches, rashes, blisters, and skin infections. There are seven different types of eczema: atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema, nummular eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, and stasis dermatitis.

Is eczema contagious?

No, eczema isn’t contagious, even when an active rash is present.

What causes eczema?

The cause of eczema is undetermined; however, it can run in families. Many people with eczema also have other allergic conditions, including hay fever and asthma.

How is eczema treated?

Eczema manifests in different ways for different people, so treatment plans should be prescribed by a clinician on a case-by-case basis. Depending on your age and severity of symptoms, the hub.health medical team may prescribe a treatment plan including prescription grade topical moisturising cream, oral medications, phototherapy, over-the-counter remedies, immunosuppressants, lifestyle modifications, and behavioural therapies.

As a general guide, also try to:

  • Maintain and protect skin every day with moisturiser (even when you don’t have an active rash)
  • Avoid known triggers and irritants
  • Treat flare ups as soon as they arise
  • Control the itch
  • Prevent and treat infection
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