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What triggers eczema?

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Your skin might be fine for a long time. But then something happens to cause a rash or itchiness. Some things that trigger atopic dermatitis or make it worse include:

  • Strong soaps and detergents
  • Some fabrics, like wool or scratchy materials
  • Perfumes, skin care products, and makeup
  • Pollen and mold
  • Animal dander
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Stress and anger
  • Dry winter air/low humidity
  • Long or hot showers/baths
  • Dry skin
  • Sweating
  • Dust or sand
  • Certain foods (usually eggs, dairy products, wheat, soy, and nuts)

From: What Is Atopic Dermatitis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Atopic Dermatitis."

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)."

FDA: “FDA approves new eczema drug Dupixent.”

KidsHealth: "Eczema."

National Eczema Foundation: "Atopic Dermatitis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "What Is Atopic Dermatitis?"

UptoDate: "Patient information: Atopic dermatitis (eczema) (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 22, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Atopic Dermatitis."

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)."

FDA: “FDA approves new eczema drug Dupixent.”

KidsHealth: "Eczema."

National Eczema Foundation: "Atopic Dermatitis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "What Is Atopic Dermatitis?"

UptoDate: "Patient information: Atopic dermatitis (eczema) (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 22, 2017

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