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Eczema Explained: What Causes It and How Can I Improve it?

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Living with eczema can be stressful and unpredictable. Flare-ups of dry, itchy patches of skin can strike seemingly out of nowhere. Though it typically comes and goes, eczema is a long-lasting skin condition that occurs when a trigger causes your skin to become inflamed. Even though it may seem out of your control, you can take steps to discover your triggers, reduce your exposure, and calm your inflamed skin when you do have a flare-up.

What causes eczema?

Doctors don’t yet know exactly what causes eczema. Atopic eczema, the most common type, appears to be immune-related. Although eczema itself is not an allergy, children and adults who have eczema often develop asthma or other allergic conditions.

What triggers an eczema flare-up?

Substances that irritate the skin are the most common triggers for eczema flares. Everything from soaps and detergents to perfume and dust can trigger an eczema flare in susceptible individuals. Some people experience a flare-up when temperatures are too hot or too cold. Stress, dry skin, and sweating can also trigger an eczema flare.

At Allergy Relief Clinics, Dr. Rafiquddin Rahimi provides treatment for eczema and advice and guidance on adjustments you can make to your lifestyle to control eczema flares and reduce symptoms. Here are some helpful tips to help you get your eczema under control.

Moisturize

People with eczema have skin that is sensitive to irritants and becomes dry quite easily. In a vicious cycle, having dry skin can trigger an eczema flare. Keeping your skin moisturized can help control eczema flares, especially in the summertime. Your provider can recommend a moisturizer that is appropriate for your skin. Your provider may prescribe a clinical-grade moisturizer designed to improve moisture retention.

Keep skin cool and dry

Just as important as moisturizing, it’s equally necessary to keep your skin cool and dry. Areas that accumulate moisture, such as the back of the knees and insides of the elbows are prone to eczema flares. Whether you’re sweating after a hard workout at the gym or perspiring in the summer sun, it’s important to avoid allowing moisture to accumulate on your skin. It’s a good idea to carry a towel to keep your skin dry. This will help improve your symptoms and reduce flares.

Avoid snug-fitting clothing

Tight clothing can easily irritate the skin of people with eczema. Because your skin is so sensitive, it’s wise to avoid clothing that compresses the skin. It’s best to wear breathable fabrics that fit loosely and allow your skin to breathe.

Avoid triggers

Steering clear of triggers plays a major role in controlling eczema flares. Your provider can help you learn what your triggers are so that you can avoid them. Keep a daily journal about your symptoms and what you’ve been exposed to so that you can find patterns and determine what substances in your environment are triggering your flares.

Dr. Rahimi helps patients manage eczema and control flare-ups. Seeing a specialist is one of the best steps you can take toward getting your eczema under control. For high quality eczema care, call our Richardson, Texas office, or book your appointment online.

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