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.