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What Causes Eczema and Triggers It

Updated on July 13, 2013

What Is Eczema?

Eczema is a skin disease, which is mostly mistaken with other skin allergies like rashes and inflammations. The main cause of eczema is reduced moisture content in the skin which makes the skin damp and an easy target for bacteria to grow over there.

Many allopathic medicines also cause eczema as one of their side effects. Mostly it is stress and perfumed toiletries that give birth to skin irritation which later on turns into a cause of eczema. Allergies from pollutants and some specific external agents can also lead to eczema in the long run.

People who travel a lot on business or are emigrating from one country to another country also face eczema problems due to the change in the climatic conditions. Some people are prone to allergies more often than the others. Thus special attention is to be given to such cases where there are extremes in climate and pollution.

Individuals suffering from eczema can get their problem treated though chemical medications or they can choose to use natural and herbal remedies as well. The choice is purely individual but results may vary from person to person.

Causes and Triggers of Eczema

To know what causes eczema and triggers it, go through the points given below.


  • Climatic changes and weather shifts
  • Using hard water or water with more impurities.
  • Toiletries ,soaps and detergents
  • Pollen, pet hair and dust
  • Synthetic fibers and woolens
  • Stress, tension and anxiety
  • Chemicals and Reducing agents
  • Oils and solvents
  • Cold, flue and other infections


How to Tackle Eczema

Climatic changes fluctuates the level of moisture in the air, which further affects the skin, and make it prone to allergies and inflammations. Areas where hard water is the only water form available, triggers skin related problems in the public.

For that individuals should try to get hard water purified and cleaned by installing water purifiers. Eczema is caused due to some specific reasons only, but it gets triggered up with a variety of elements, like pollens, pet hair and oils etc.

It is not possible to regulate all the other agents like pollens etc. to regulate completely. In our normal lifestyle we use a number of chemicals in varied forms, thus the only way to get rid of eczema is to incorporate anti agents to reduce the effects of such chemicals and agents on the skin.

Using supplements, better lifestyle and cleaner atmospheric conditions can help a lot in combating eczema in long run.

The exact cause of eczema is still unclear to the experts; still keeping the things in line seems a much wiser decision. The common causes for eczema are somehow related to unclean lifestyle, thus focusing on hygiene and treating is as the prime factor in life that can help a lot in maintaining an eczema free life. Use a humidifier in the house and regulate the percent of moisture in the air.

This way a huge difference can be made to keep the skin healthier and safer. The main causes of eczema can still be treated by incorporating medical treatments aimed at reducing the effect of eczema over skin whereas barely continuing the medication is not the only way out.

The individual has to start incorporating the right kind of food in their diet to completely eradicate this disease from their life.


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      George 

      6 years ago

      Interesting hub, very helpful info. Thanks!

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      The Pink Panther 

      7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Herbal remedies are always the best for quick and natural treatment of skin irritations like eczema. Some things like pollen or stress can cause my eczema to flare up, but I didn't know that climatic changes and weather shifts could also play a role! Thanks for the great info!

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