Understanding Eczema Triggers


Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic skin condition that can cause significant discomfort and frustration for people who struggle with it. While managing eczema can be challenging, understanding what triggers your flare-ups is a crucial step in keeping your symptoms under control. Here’s what to look out for.

Environmental Factors

As Texans, we’re no stranger to our state’s diverse and sometimes volatile weather conditions. These environmental factors can play a role in eczema flare-ups.

  • Temperature and Humidity: Hot, humid summers can mean lots of sweating, which can irritate eczema-prone skin. On the other hand, dry, cold winters can zap moisture from your skin, leading to more dryness and itching. Try using a humidifier in the winter and wearing breathable clothing in the summer.
  • Pollen and Airborne Allergens: With Texas’ beautiful landscapes comes a high pollen count during certain seasons. Pollen, along with other airborne allergens like dust mites and mold, can trigger eczema flare-ups. Keeping your home clean and using air purifiers can reduce your exposure to these irritants.

Personal Care Products

The products you use on your skin can have a profound impact on your eczema.

  • Harsh Soaps and Detergents: Many soaps, detergents and skincare products contain chemicals and fragrances that can irritate sensitive skin. Opt for gentle, fragrance-free products designed for sensitive skin.
  • Hot Water: We know you love a scalding hot shower, but that hot water can strip your skin of its natural oils, leading to dryness and irritation. Use lukewarm water instead and moisturize immediately after bathing to lock in moisture.

Lifestyle Factors

Certain lifestyle habits can also influence eczema.

  • Stress: Stress is a well-known trigger for many chronic conditions, including eczema. Incorporating stress-reducing activities into your daily routine, such as yoga, meditation or a relaxing stroll, can help keep stress levels in check.
  • Diet: While not a trigger for everyone, some people find that certain foods can exacerbate their eczema. Common culprits include dairy, eggs, nuts and gluten. Keeping a food diary can help you identify any dietary triggers.

When to Seek Professional Help

Understanding and managing eczema triggers can significantly improve your quality of life. However, if you find that your symptoms persist regardless of your best efforts, it may be time to give us a call! Our team of experienced allergists can work with you to create a personalized treatment plan to manage your symptoms.

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This entry was posted in Allergies, Allergy, Asthma on June 19, 2024 by SWAAC Team.

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