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What triggers eczema?

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A trigger is not something that causes eczema, but it can cause it to flare up or make a flare-up worse.

The most common triggers are substances that irritate the skin. For instance, in many people with eczema, wool or man-made fibers that come in contact with the skin can trigger a flare.

SOURCES:

MedicineNet.com: "Eczema."

KidsHealth.org: "Eczema."

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

American Academy of Dermatology: "Atopic dermatitis: Who gets and causes."

MedlinePlus: "Atopic eczema."

American Academy of Dermatology: "What is Eczema?"

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 3, 2019

SOURCES:

MedicineNet.com: "Eczema."

KidsHealth.org: "Eczema."

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

American Academy of Dermatology: "Atopic dermatitis: Who gets and causes."

MedlinePlus: "Atopic eczema."

American Academy of Dermatology: "What is Eczema?"

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 3, 2019

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