What Triggers Eczema?

What Triggers Eczema?

Dermatitis is the name for a group of skin conditions that cause dry, irritated, and itchy skin. About 10% of people in the United States have atopic dermatitis (eczema), making it one of the most common types of dermatitis.

Eczema is characterized by itchy, inflamed patches of skin. Although anyone can develop it and at any age, eczema is most common in babies and children and people who have allergies or asthma.

There’s no cure for eczema, but it is possible to calm skin and reduce flare-ups. At Allergy & Environmental Treatment Center LLC, our team works with people of ages 8 and older to identify their eczema triggers and find ways to avoid eczema flares.

Identifying your eczema triggers

Your skin acts as a barrier against your environment. It keeps irritants and allergens from entering your body, and if you do come in contact with an irritant, your immune system also works to protect you.

However, some people have skin and immune systems that react differently. Their skin may be more sensitive to environmental factors and irritants, and their immune systems engage more rapidly, leading to inflammation and eczema flare-ups.

Eczema is usually triggered by environmental irritants, which are more common than you think. Frequent eczema triggers in children and adults are:

Identifying your eczema triggers isn’t always easy, but it’s an important step in managing the condition. Our team specializes in diagnosing and treating eczema, and we start by narrowing down your possible triggers.

We ask about your lifestyle, habits, and the type of everyday cleaning products and soaps you use to identify what could be triggering your eczema flare-ups. We often do allergy testing on children and adults to identify other allergies and sensitivities that could be contributing to your eczema.

How to manage eczema

If you’re diagnosed with eczema, we partner with you to develop a treatment strategy. There’s no cure for eczema, but at-home care, immunotherapy, dietary modifications and medication can make your skin more comfortable and minimize flare-ups.

We generally recommend using gentle, unscented soap and cleaning products in your daily life. Keeping your skin moisturized with unscented lotion can also help reduce dryness and discomfort.

Once you’ve identified your triggers, take steps to avoid them as much as possible. Avoiding triggers is one of the best ways to stop eczema flare-ups before they start. If you do experience an eczema flare, medication can reduce inflammation and other symptoms such as itching.

Infants with eczema may grow out of it as they get older, but some people have eczema throughout their lives. No matter your age or the severity of your condition, we’re here to help. Schedule an eczema appointment at Allergy & Environmental Treatment Center LLC by calling our office at 480-634-2985, or book online now.

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