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Top 3 Eczema Causes And What You Can Do About It

June 15, 2011 by  
Filed under Causes & Symptoms

Do you know what may be causing your eczema? Usually eczema outbreaks are brought on by external influences. The best thing you can do to avoid or at least minimize future outbreaks is to determine what is causing your eczema to flare up, and then avoid those causes in the future. Here are three of the most common causes for eczema and what you can do to avoid them.

Skin Irritation

Eczema sufferers often are also prone to delicate skin that is susceptible to irritation from outside factors. Eczema can be caused or at least be aided by skin irritations. This skin irritation can be caused by something like rough clothing or towels, as well as by temperature changes and harsh soaps and cleansing products. Even sweating as a result of hot temperatures or working out can bring on eczema. Toss that itchy sweater and opt for soft and comfortable clothing. Toss your towels in the dryer to soften them up and pat yourself dry after a shower. Avoid long hot baths or showers and only use mild soaps and cleansers to prevent your skin from getting dry or irritated. Follow each bath or shower with a gentle moisturizer.

Stress Could Be The Culprit

Eczema outbreaks can often be linked to increased stress. Whenever possible try to eliminate at least some of the stress that is bad enough to result in your skin breaking out. Consider it a warning sign from your body to start slowing down. Obviously this isn’t always possible, but take a good look at your life and determine what little changes you can make to feel less stressed.

A second strategy is to learn to manage the stress better and relax more. Mediation is a great way to manage your stress levels. Start with some simple breathing techniques and then move on to more advanced types of meditation. There are plenty of books, CDs and even classes available on the topic. But even something as simple going for a long walk or taking a warm (not hot) bath can do wonders to reduce stress as well to prevent future eczema outbreaks.

Allergies As A Cause Of Eczema

Another surprising cause for eczema is the foods we eat and the products we use on a daily basis. Eczema can actually be a symptom of an allergic reaction to something. It may be well worth your time to keep a food journal for a few weeks to see if you can detect a connection between your eczema outbreaks and certain food you eat. You should also jot down changes you are making in the type of skin care products or laundry detergents you use.

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