Eczema is a disease that affects the skin by making it dry, itchy, and discolored. While much more prevalent in younger ages, eczema (commonly known as atopic dermatitis) also affects a large number of adults, with varying degrees of severity and locations on the body.

What Causes Eczema To Flare Up?

There are several common triggers that can cause an eczema flare up. Being able to manage and avoid these precautions is important to living a healthier and more comfortable life.

Dry Skin

When your skin gets too dry due to cold or dry weather, it becomes rough, tight, scaly, or brittle. This can lead to an eczema flare up. To manage this, always make sure to moisturize your skin during the dry periods of the year.

Irritants

Many common products you use everyday contain irritants that can contribute to an eczema flare up. Being observant of the products that you use can prevent flare ups or reduce their severity.

Some products that can cause irritation include:

  • Metals, such as nickel
  • Soaps and other cleaners
  • Fragrances or perfumes
  • Particular fabrics, such as wool or polyester
  • Antibacterial ointments, such as bacitracin
  • Formaldehyde found in disinfectants, vaccines, glues, and adhesives
  • Isothiazolinones found in baby wipes
  • Cocamidopropyl commonly found in shampoos and lotions
  • Paraphenylene-diamine used in leather dyes

Eczema Caused By Stress

Stress can also trigger an eczema breakout. For some,eczema symptoms worsen when under high levels of stress. Even the thought of knowing you have eczema can cause your skin to flare up.

While the effects of eczema can occur anywhere on the body, those living with eczema may be particularly impacted when the affected areas are on the face and neck. This cannot only create ongoing discomfort, but also splotches of red skin, bumps on the skin, and the occasional wound or infection from scratching.

Can Eczema Be Cured?

Unfortunately, eczema cannot be fully cured, but it can be effectively managed, minimized, and virtually eliminated with the right regimen of medications and skincare products, along with some possible lifestyle changes.

When Should I See A Specialist?

If you begin to notice your skin is becoming increasingly itchy and red, seeking professional help is highly recommended. It becomes urgent to see a doctor when the area starts to become infected.

Signs of infection include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Yellow drainage
  • Streaking or spreading redness

Eczema Treatment at Image Renu Dermatology

Each case of eczema is unique, thus requiring a customized approach that takes several different factors into consideration. Our team of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners have years of experience in helping patients manage and treat their eczema, including certain treatments that can smooth and help minimize damage to the skin.

Take Control of Your Eczema Today

Contact Image Renu Dermatology to set up an appointment with our renowned team of experts! We’d love to develop a customized eczema treatment plan that’s tailored to your unique skin needs.