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Risk Factors, Causes & Natural Treatments of Eczema

There is no specific cause attributed to eczema, however researchers are certain about the fact that the tendency to develop eczema is hereditary or inherited in the family and passed down to the family members. If any close member of an individual, such as either the parents or the grandparents of a child has had eczema or some form of allergic asthma or hay fever, or other closely related conditions, there is a strong possibility that the child will develop the skin condition. Atmospheric or environmental irritants such as cigarette or tobacco fumes, household or industrial chemicals and solvents, and sometimes even the weather such as hot, and humid conditions or cold, and dry weather conditions is likely to aggravate eczema. Allergens in the atmosphere as well such as dust mites, fungi and moulds, flower pollens, pet dander and any such pollutants is likely to trigger an outbreak, a recurrence or a flare-up. It is important to take notice of any allergies or sensitivities that the individual might be exposed to and try to avoid them.

Stress is also likely to trigger off eczema or even worsen the condition or cause a flare-up. However it is an unfortunate condition that eczema and its symptoms especially the itchiness causes stress that makes it even more difficult to cope. An individual’s predisposition towards certain types of foods can also trigger eczema. Some doctors are of the belief that dairy and wheat products, some forms of citrus fruits, eggs, dry fruits and nuts, added food additives, preservatives and colors are likely triggers or may cause eczema flare ups. Atopic eczema or dermatitis has unknown causes. But it is mostly seen as genetic disease coupled with environmental factors. Atopic eczema arises from the interplay of a number of genes with external environmental factors. The more atopic genes that are present in an individual, the less environmental initiators are needed in developing eczema. Evidence proposes that the disease is connected to other such atopic disorders like hay fever or asthma that most people with atopic dermatitis also suffer from. Moreover, most children who surpass the symptoms of atopic dermatitis may go on to get hay fever or asthma. However it must be noted that one disorder does not cause the other, it is likely that they are related, hence giving researchers better hints to interpreting atopic dermatitis.

Individuals who suffer from eczema must work closely with their healthcare providers or doctors in order to find out what triggers off eczema flare-ups. The affected patients can then take steps to stave off these triggers and downplay the beginning of a skin rash.