what's triggering eczema

What’s triggering your eczema?

If you struggle with atopic dermatitis, you very well know the frustrations associated with it. Atopic dermatitis, commonly known as eczema, affects millions of Americans including children and adults. There are many factors that contribute to eczema flares, some may even be caused by household items. So, what exactly is triggering your eczema and how you help prevent itchy flares?

What is eczema?

Atopic dermatitis (eczema) is a chronic skin condition that is characterized by dry, itchy, and scaly skin. It primarily forms on the face, cheeks, scalp, as well as other parts of the body. Most people with eczema notice that certain things can further irritate their skin. Here are some common triggers to look out for.

what's triggering eczema

Indoor eczema triggers

  • Pets – Our furry friends may be contributing to eczema flares by spreading pet dander in your home.
  • Dry Air – When air is too dry, your skin can get too dry, becoming cracked and brittle.
  • Dust Mites – These microscopic bugs may be small but could possibly be triggering your eczema. 

Paying attention to the air temperature, ridding dust, and replacing pillows and bed sheets can help reduce eczema irritants in your home.

Outdoor eczema triggers

  • Cold/Dry Air – If you’ve been through a cold winter, you know that brisk winds and dry air can do serious damage to your skin.
  • Pollen/Mold – Tiny pollen and mold spores in high amounts can cause your skin to react and flare up.
  • Heat – The heat can be crucial! Sweating and overheating could trigger your eczema, leaving you itchy and uncomfortable.

Try moisturizing with an eczema friendly moisturizer to help prevent further skin irritation from cold and dry air. If outdoor extremities irritate your skin, come prepared by bringing eczema friendly moisturizers and sunscreens. Protect your skin by wearing appropriate clothing for different climates.

Other triggers

  • Soap and Shampoos – Fragrances may smell great but could be doing more harm than good to your skin. Use a fragrance-free, mild soaps and shampoos for eczema relief.
  • Clothing and Bedding Items – Rough fabrics can cause irritation to your skin. AAD.org suggests picking out clothing and bedding made from 100% cotton.

Though many things can trigger your eczema, not every person reacts the same. Please note that these are helpful hints, but you should always consult your dermatologist if you are concerned about a skin-related issue.

Visit Your Dermatologist

Visiting a dermatologist is important if you have concerns about your eczema. Book your appointment today at Texas Dermatology by calling 210-829-5180 or by clicking here.

Researchers at Texas Dermatology are also seeking adults with atopic dermatitis (eczema) to participate in a clinical study to evaluate a new investigational medication.

Qualified participants will receive study-related care at no cost and compensation for travel. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with eczema, you may be eligible. To learn more on how you can be involved, CLICK HERE.

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