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Eczema Causes

Eczema causes redness, itchiness, dryness and inflammation of the skin and can occur at any age. It usually develops during infancy and continues into childhood. Several factors can act as reasons for eczema, however, the exact origin and mechanism of the condition is still not clear. Many factors, including genetics and environmental conditions, are responsible for triggering eczema or are reasons for eczema.

Eczema is not contagious but has a significant impact on skin. The affected skin may be more vulnerable to infections such as warts, cold sores and athlete's foot. Eczema or atopic dermatitis is evident in case of a family history of allergy, asthma, hay fever, etc. It is often associated with other allergic and hypersensitive conditions like rhinitis.

Some of the causes of eczema include the following:

  • Environmental allergens such as house dust, sand, pollen, smoke, moulds, animal dander, etc., are eczema causes.
  • Dietary allergens such as milk and milk products, fish, soy, eggs, peanuts, etc., can worsen the eczema resulting in flare-ups. Other foods such as sugar, refined carbohydrates, gluten and red meats are also triggers or eczema causes.
  • Contact with irritant substances such as soaps, cleaning products, detergents, cosmetics, perfumes, certain forms of clothing, rubber, jewellery, watches, metals such as nickel, etc. are important eczema causes.
  • Genetic factors are an important cause in the development of eczema. Patients with eczema have commonly reported a family history of allergies, asthma, hay fever or other forms of allergic diseases. According to a research conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the risk of childhood eczema is two to three times higher in children with a maternal or paternal history, irrespective of parent sex or body region affected.
  • Eczema is caused by psychological stress in several patients; however, its correlation with triggering an altered immune response still remains unclear. The body releases a hormone called cortisol when under stress which increases inflammation throughout the body. This can lead to skin inflammation and can be a cause of eczema flare-up.
  • A major eczema cause is the alteration in temperature and humidity. Heavy perspiration can lead to itchy skin that can be a trigger or reason for eczema.
  • Dry climate and cold temperatures can be causes of eczema, as prolonged exposure to dry air can reduce the skin’s natural moisture. Excessive dryness often leads to itching, which then results in inflammation.
  • Abnormal blood circulation, especially in the legs further causes stasis dermatitis and is a major reason for eczema.
  • There are several factors that trigger certain forms of dermatitis, such as seborrhoeic dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, etc. These triggers or eczema causes may include materials like polyester or wool that may result in itchiness and redness.

FAQs

What is the main cause of eczema?

Eczema is related to a gene variation or an immune response that affects the skin's ability to provide protection against allergens. This allows your skin to be affected by environmental factors and irritants. In some children, food allergies may also play a major role as an eczema cause. Many people with eczema have a family history of allergies, asthma or even atopic dermatitis. They also tend to have sensitive skin that gets easily irritated and is a major reason for eczema. It is recommended to consult an expert to evaluate causes of eczema for an effective and long-lasting treatment.https://www.drbatras.com/book-an-appointment.

Is Dyshidrotic eczema contagious?

Dyshidrotic eczema, also known as acute palmoplantar eczema or pompholyx, is a type of chronic eczema that is not contagious. This is a long-term skin condition that results in a certain form of inflammation. The symptoms of this disease can be controlled in most patients with the right treatment.

What triggers Dyshidrotic eczema?

The exact dyshidrotic eczema cause is not known. It may occur because of the external triggers which include:
  • Increased stress
  • Allergies, including hay fever and asthma
  • Frequently moist or sweaty hands and feet
  • Exposure or contact with certain substances (allergens) including cement, nickel, cobalt or chromium

Can dermatitis be brought on by stress?

Emotional stress is not a direct cause of eczema, but it can trigger its symptoms. As the body releases a hormone called cortisol when under extreme stress, it increases inflammation throughout the body. This inflammation can lead to an eczema flare-up. Deep breathing, meditation, resting, relaxing and engaging in regular exercise can be ways to cope with stressful situations.
Homeopathy can help in effectively treating stress with its holistic medical approach. Homeopathic medicine addresses the underlying emotional & psychological issues that are usually seen in patients with eczema. Homeopathy recognizes the unique symptoms and causes of every individual and treats them based on their temperament, intensity of the disease, like and dislikes. Homeopathy takes into consideration a lot of factors such as the mental/emotional state of a patient, symptoms, susceptibility to stress, family history and more. Homeopathy can facilitate the patient’s ability to reduce stress, which may keep eczema under control. It is advised to talk to your doctor about the appropriate treatments or therapies for long-term results.https://www.drbatras.com/book-an-appointment.

What foods are causes of eczema or dermatitis?

Certain foods and ingredients that are inflammatory can cause flare-ups or aggravate your eczema after you consume them. Such food items include sugar, refined carbohydrates, gluten, red meats, fish, soy, eggs, peanuts and dairy. Similarly, food allergies can also trigger an inflammatory response and become a cause of eczema.

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