What Triggers Eczema: Understanding the Itch to Find Relief

What Triggers Eczema: Understanding the Itch to Find Relief

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Eczema—the word itself can conjure images of dry, itchy, and inflamed skin. But what exactly is eczema, and what triggers these uncomfortable flare-ups? This comprehensive blog article dives deep into the world of eczema, exploring its causes, types, and, most importantly, how to find relief.

What's Eczema?

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic inflammatory skin condition. It disrupts the skin's natural barrier function, leading to dryness, irritation, and intense itching. Eczema can appear anywhere on the body but commonly affects the face, hands, feet, and inner elbows.

Types of Eczema?

There are different types of eczema, each with its unique characteristics:
  • Atopic eczema: The most common type, typically affecting children but can persist into adulthood. It often appears on the face, hands, and inner elbows.

  • Dyshidrotic eczema: It causes small, itchy blisters on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.

  • Seborrheic eczema: Characterized by greasy, scaly patches on the scalp, eyebrows, and beard area.

  • Asteatotic eczema: This form is more common in older adults and appears as dry, cracked skin, often on the legs.

Can I Suddenly Develop Eczema?

While eczema often develops in childhood, it can appear at any stage of life. Factors like genetics, environmental triggers, and even stress can contribute to the onset of eczema.

What Causes Eczema?

  • Genetics: Plays a role in skin barrier function and immune system regulation.
  • Immune System: Overactivity can lead to inflammation in the skin.
  • Skin Barrier Dysfunction: A compromised barrier allows irritants and allergens to trigger flare-ups.
  • Environmental Triggers: Dry weather, dust mites, pollen, irritants, and stress can worsen symptoms.
  • Food Allergies: May contribute to eczema, especially in children.
  • Harsh chemicals in cosmetics and domestics compromise our skin barrier.
  • Stress: While not a direct cause, stress can worsen existing eczema symptoms.

Eczema vs. Dermatitis: What's the Difference?

The terms "eczema" and "dermatitis" are sometimes used interchangeably, but there's a subtle distinction. Dermatitis is a broader term encompassing various skin inflammations, including eczema. Eczema, on the other hand, is a specific type of dermatitis with its unique characteristics and triggers.

Can Eczema Be Caused by Allergies?

Absolutely! In fact, allergies are a significant trigger for eczema, particularly atopic eczema. These allergies can be to food (peanuts, eggs, dairy), airborne allergens (dust mites, pollen), or even materials that come into contact with the skin (wool, latex).

Why is Eczema So Common Now?

The exact reason for the rise in eczema cases is still under investigation. However, some theories suggest factors like:
  • Increased hygiene: While good hygiene is essential, overly harsh soaps and frequent handwashing can disrupt the skin's natural barrier, making it more susceptible to eczema.

  • Environmental pollution: Exposure to environmental pollutants and chemicals may worsen eczema symptoms.

  • Changes in diet: The rise in processed foods and a decline in gut health might be contributing factors.

  • Many cosmetic and domestic products contain harmful chemicals. Sulphates, parabens, silicones, and many others irritate our skin and have disastrous effects on our bodies.

Since COVID-19 entered our lives, the usage of disinfectants has risen drastically. Disinfectants are a double-edged sword. While they effectively kill germs and bacteria on surfaces and our skin, they can also cause irritation, dryness, allergic reactions and… eczema.

How to Stop Eczema Itching Immediately?

The intense itch associated with eczema can be maddening. While there's no magic bullet for immediate relief, here are some strategies to soothe the itch:
  • Moisturize regularly: Using a fragrance-free, gentle moisturizer throughout the day helps maintain the skin's barrier function and reduces dryness.
  • Apply a cold compress: A cool, damp cloth on the affected area can provide temporary relief from itching and inflammation.
  • Avoid scratching: Scratching may worsen inflammation and increase the risk of infection. Try gently patting the itchy area instead.
  • Identify and avoid triggers: If you suspect allergies are a culprit, work with a healthcare professional to identify and avoid your triggers.
  • Use Organic Chamomile water - Hydrolina for Eczema and Irritated skin
Using natural products without any chemical additives can really have an impact.

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The power of Chamomile

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