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Eczema is a very common skin condition that causes the skin to become red, inflamed and itchy. Usually followed by rash like patches around the infected skin area.

There are 7 different types of eczema. Anyone can get any of them, from infants to the elderly. It also shows up differently on everyone.

The redness and itching can be more severe on some people and others it can look different every time it shows up. The most important thing to remember if you have it is to not scratch it, this will make it worse and could cause it to bleed. 

What causes Eczema?

Eczema is not contagious at all. You cannot catch it from anyone.

The exact cause is usually unknown. But we do know that it is usually a combination of your genetic genes, allergies, food, and environmental triggers.

If you have any allergies to certain foods it can make your eczema worse, but some foods tend to do that anyway even if you do not have the allergy. For example, dairy, gluten and sugar are common to make eczema flare up.

Most commonly it is the environmental triggers that cause the intense itching and redness inflammation to occur. Cold and hot weather can both cause a flare up, both can make your skin very dry which is a common trigger of eczema. 

Tips to help prevent Eczema from flaring up:

  • Moisturize often. Helping to keep your skin from drying up will prevent a lot of redness and itching. 
  • In the extreme weather changes keeping your body warm or cool will help keep your skin from inflaming.
  • Certain detergents, fabrics, and scented products can all be factors that contribute to flares up, finding which ones work best for you are key. 
  • Prolonged stress can also provoke your symptoms. When you are stressed your body releases a hormone called cortisol, this causes inflammation throughout your body which can cause your symptoms to flare up. Anything to help reduce stress such as deep breathing, lots of rest and exercise or meditation will help keep your body and skin calm. 
  • When you exercise and sweat a lot, this could worsen your symptoms, it is good to keep a cool cloth with you to wipe away and perspiration from common areas where your eczema flares up. 
  • Knowing which are your triggers and avoiding them will give you the best chance at keeping any inflammation at bay.

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