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There are some everyday elements in your surroundings that might make you or your child’s eczema flare up, or get worse. These are called “triggers.”
Knowing your triggers will help you keep your symptoms under control. The most important thing to remember is that eczema is different for everyone. The symptoms you have may not look the same on you as they do on another adult, or on your child. You or your child may experience certain symptoms at particular times of the year and/or on different parts of the body.
Some of the most common eczema triggers:
When your skin gets too dry, it can easily become brittle, scaly, rough, or tight, which can lead to an eczema flare up.
There are everyday products and even natural substances that can cause your skin to burn and itch, or become dry and red. These could be products that you use on your body or in your home — hand and dish soap, laundry detergent, shampoo, bubble bath and body wash, or surface cleaners and disinfectants. Even some natural liquids, like the juice from fresh fruit, vegetables, or meats, can irritate your skin when you touch them.
Emotional stress is known to be associated with eczema, but we are not exactly sure why. Some people’s eczema symptoms get worse when they’re feeling “stressed”. Others may become stressed, just knowing they have eczema, and this can make their skin flare up.
Learn more about how stress and eczema are related.
Children who come from families with a history of atopic dermatitis (AD), asthma or hay fever, are far more likely to develop eczema.