Causes of Eczema

Eczema Affects Everyone Differently

Some people are born with an inherited tendency to develop eczema. Normally harmless substances in the environment will trigger an outbreak of eczema in people born with this tendency.

When eczema will first be triggered and how severely substances will affect the skin is difficult to say as everyone born with this tendency is different and reacts differently.

This can make identifying triggers and controlling symptoms difficult. A process of elimination is usually needed to establish individual triggers. This can be a long and drawn out process.

Although all people react differently and different substances will affect each individual differently there are some common substances that are most prone to triggering an eczema flare-up:

  • Dust mite
  • Animal dander
  • Pollen
  • Environmental and seasonal changes
  • Stress
  • Some foods (especially egg, cows milk, shell fish, peanuts, wheat, nuts, rice, codfish, food additives and some fruit)
  • Alcohol and coffee.

Child Eczema: General Information about the Condition

Eczema Skin is Always Dry

Eczema is a skin condition that can affect anyone at any age but it is most common in babies and children. Although there is no cure for eczema most children will outgrow the condition. If not fully outgrown by the time a child starts school the condition’s symptoms are usually significantly reduced by this time.

Eczema is inflamed, dry, red and itchy. The eczema rash will vary from person to person depending on age, the area affected and the skin type of the affected child. Typical eczema skin, however, is inflamed, red, dry and itchy. Moreover, the eczema rash on a developing baby is typically moist and oozes. However, if a toddler when first developing eczema, the rash may instead be dry and scaly. Regardless of the child’s age when the eczema first appears all eczema is itchy. It is the itch that causes the most discomfort and has the potential to do the most damage to the skin.

Eczema skin is always dry. This coupled with continuous scratching from a persistent and difficult to control itch often causes the skin to become broken. Once the skin is broken the skins protective barrier is removed and there is a real risk of infection developing under the skin. It is important to control the symptoms of eczema to reduce the risk of complications and to enable the child to lead a comfortable, pain free life.