1. STRESSED? CLEANING? KNOW YOUR TRIGGERS
Atopic eczema often runs in families and develops alongside other conditions such as asthma and hay fever.
However, there are often other triggers which can be controlled or managed.
The triggers for flare-ups can be different for each person, but there are a few that are most common:
Infections: Eczema is a vicious cycle once the skin is broken and vulnerable to attack by bacteria. When a person with eczema scratches, this only causes further skin damage.
Allergies: A lot of people think that food allergies cause their eczema, but this is uncommon. Allergies to things that your skin comes into contact with are more common and this may trigger a flare.
Aggravated skin: So much of what people use on their skin today is unnatural, and the skin hasn’t evolved to protect itself against them. Regular use of detergents can damage the skin’s natural barrier catastrophically.
Emotional stress: There is a definite connection between stress and eczema flare-ups, which can be another vicious cycle as having a bad flare-up can be incredibly distressing.