Eczema Flare Ups: All You Need to Know

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If you're someone who has eczema, flare ups - especially eczema flare ups on the face - can be frustrating. However, once you know what is aggravating these flare ups it is easy to get them under control.

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Atopic Eczema

Atopic eczema quite simply is an inflammatory of the skin. We know you're wondering, is eczema genetic? Having a predisposition to atopic conditions like eczema often does run in families. So if you have it, eczema is part of your genetic makeup. People with atopic eczema's skin doesn't work so well as a barrier, so when irritants enter their skin it causes the dryness and inflammation that we know of as eczema.

Atopic eczema can show up on virtually any part of the skin including the face, but the most commonly affected areas are the bends of the elbows and knees, the wrists, and neck. However, eczema flare ups on the face are especially frustrating, but there are ways to deal with them.

PHOTO CREDIT: The Telegraph - Man washing face

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Causes Of Eczema Flare Ups

The causes of eczema flare ups are quite diverse. For example, the most common causes are coming into contact with heat, dust, and irritants like as soap or detergents. Being sick, such as with a cold, could also cause a flare up. And, of course, any sort of bacterial infection on the affected area could of course irritate it.

You may also notice seasonal eczema flare ups. Eczema can flare up if the affected area of the skin is dry as well. And I'm sure you're wondering can stress cause eczema flare ups, and it is possible.

There is some evidence for foods that cause eczema flare ups as well. Peanuts, milk, soy, wheat, fish, and eggs are the most common culprits. Also if you're wondering does alcohol cause eczema flare ups, it does indeed so maybe cut back if you're experiencing a flare up.

Stopping Eczema Flare Ups

Learning how to deal with eczema flare ups can take some time and experimentation. In order to soothe eczema flare ups, it is best to see a doctor to make sure that you don't have any allergies that are going untreated that are causing your eczema to flare up. A doctor can also prescribe steroid creams and other treatments to stop the itch and soothe the skin. For less serious causes of eczema flare-ups like dry skin and heat, just identify what causes the flare ups and avoid those things.

PHOTO CREDIT: Shutterstock - Doctor and patient

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Eczema Flare Ups: All You Need to Know

  • Eczema is an atopic condition, meaning that it is genetic.
  • Eczema flare ups can be caused by many different things like heat, allergies, irritants, dry skin, even some foods can aggravate eczema.
  • In order to soothe eczema flare ups you may have to see a doctor, but for the less severe irritants, simply avoid them to prevent eczema flare ups.

PHOTO CREDIT: Diamond Skin Care - Eczema affects the skin

On That Note

Eczema flare ups, especially eczema flare ups on the face, can be frustrating. However, once you know the causes of these flare ups, it is easy to treat them.

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