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3 Questions and 3 Answers about Eczema

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What Causes Eczema?

Scientists are not 100% sure about the exact cause of eczema, but many suspect that a faulty immune system plays some role. In people with eczema, which is also called atopic dermatitis, otherwise harmless irritants trigger an abnormal immune response. What’s more, the immune attack makes little distinction between natural body cells and foreign substances, resulting in rashes and inflammation.

What are the Risk Factors for Eczema?

Three factors have been linked to a higher risk of developing eczema: asthma, hay fever, and family history. Children with either hay fever or asthma are more likely to develop eczema, as well as adults who develop either respiratory condition before the age of 30. Moreover, a family history of eczema, asthma or hay fever all increase a person’s eczema risk.

What are Some Common Triggers of Eczema?

The symptoms of eczema tend to flare up periodically. The causes of these flare-ups vary from person to person. Some of the most common triggers are:

  • Cleaning products
  • Perfumes and fragrances
  • Overheating and sweating
  • Temperature changes
  • Synthetic fabrics
  • Scratchy wool
  • Food allergies
  • Pet dander
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Stress

Recording flare-ups in a journal can help you recognize your individual eczema triggers, which is the first step towards avoiding them.

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Source: http://www.healthline.com/health/eczema-causes#Overview1

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