03 Oct Top Eczema Triggers
Eczema can be itchy, bothersome, unattractive, and, in severe cases, get in the way of daily activities. However, the Spectrum Dermatology team has a variety of regimens and procedures that can help relieve the signs and itchiness of eczema. Just as important as treating eczema is knowing your unique triggers. These triggers don’t actually cause eczema but can encourage flare-ups. Recognizing and avoiding triggers is key to living with this skin condition.
Eczema Signs and Symptoms
People have varying degrees of eczema, too. Flare-ups can consist of skin simply being rough and unsightly, or it can include blisters that ooze and bleed. These blisters can lead to eventual scarring, especially if the itchiness causes a person to pick at them.
What is known about eczema is that there seems to be a genetic component. Children who have severe eczema are more likely to develop asthma or severe allergies as adults. It’s also interesting to note that women who have children later in life are more likely to bear children with eczema. Surprisingly, those who are in the “upper crust” of social classes are also more prone to eczema. If you live in an urban area with a lot of pollution and/or live in colder climates, you’re at a higher risk of developing eczema.
It can also be caused by abnormal immune system functions, the environment, or defects in the skin’s barrier that lets moisture or germs into the body. However, eczema is not contagious.
The most common trigger for eczema is anything that irritates the skin. This can include certain lotions, sunscreens, or fabrics like wool or irritating humanmade fibers. Most people quickly learn what triggers their eczema. It can change throughout life. Fortunately, there are usually plenty of alternatives. When it comes to skin care, working with a dermatologist to determine triggers and identify potential modifications for essential skin care (such as acne medication and sunscreen) can help you manage eczema.
If you have or suspect eczema and are looking for relief, schedule an appointment online with Spectrum Dermatology, or simply call (480) 948-8400.