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Why does someone get eczema?

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It’s hard to say what causes eczema. If others in your family are prone to it, you may be too. A weak immune system can cause a flare.

Healthy skin protects you. If it gets too dry, it may not block eczema-causing bacteria and allergens. African-Americans, people who work in health care or child care, and people in cold climates or cities with lots of air pollution are more likely to get eczema.

Eczema is common in kids. They might grow out of it, or they could have it on and off for life.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: Atopic dermatitis (eczema): “Alternative medicine,” “Causes,” “Lifestyle and home remedies,” “Risk factors,” “Treatments and drugs.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Different kinds of eczema,” “What is eczema.”

National Eczema Society: “Topical Steroids,” “What is Eczema?”

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

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Antihistamines,” “Eczema.”

National Eczema Association: “Itching for relief.”

British Journal of Dermatology: “The effect of environmental tobacco smoke on eczema and allergic sensitization in children.”

FDA: “FDA approves new eczema drug Dupixent.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 3, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: Atopic dermatitis (eczema): “Alternative medicine,” “Causes,” “Lifestyle and home remedies,” “Risk factors,” “Treatments and drugs.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Different kinds of eczema,” “What is eczema.”

National Eczema Society: “Topical Steroids,” “What is Eczema?”

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

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Antihistamines,” “Eczema.”

National Eczema Association: “Itching for relief.”

British Journal of Dermatology: “The effect of environmental tobacco smoke on eczema and allergic sensitization in children.”

FDA: “FDA approves new eczema drug Dupixent.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 3, 2019

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