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8 Medical factors that Can Cause Atopic Eczema

Eczema is an irritating skin condition that causes itchy, red, and dry, skin. It is also known as atopic dermatitis. The cause of eczema isn’t completely understood, but it is more likely triggered by an overactive immune system.

According to Healthline, Eczema tends to happen when your skin is exposed to external irritants, which cause your immune system to overreact. Some people with eczema don’t make enough of a kind of protein called filament aggregating protein. This protein is responsible for helping the skin stay moisturized and healthy. Eczema occurs when one or more symptoms appear on the skin and usually affects the arms, elbows and cheeks. Some of its symptoms include: Intense itching, scaly skin, small irritating bumps and dried patches of yellowish ooze.

However, there are some factors that contribute to flares of eczema and in this article we shall discuss some of them.

1. Household chemicals and cleaning agents.

Certain household chemicals are known to trigger eczema symptoms in people allergic to them.

2. Cigarette smoke

Research has proved that people who smoke are more likely to develop dry skin leading to eczema

3. Sweating

Sometimes sweat can react with certain chemicals on the skin to cause eczema

4. Food Allergies

Certain foods some people eat causes unpleasant allergic reactions to the skin

5. Oily skin 

When the skin produces too much oil, the skin glands can become clogged with dirt thereby triggering eczema symptoms.

6. Taking very hot shower

When one takes a hot bath the after effect will most likely be a dry skin.

7. Dry skin

With the skin dry, a mere scratching can cause thin cuts across the skin which can result in infections when exposed to air and dirt.

8. Using heavy makeup products

Overuse of makeup products can have negative effects on the skin because harmful chemicals in them can react with sweat causing the makeup to cake and block the skin glands.

In addition, eczema can lead to some complications which include:

 * Scaly skin. 

Repeatedly scratching the skin can over the time make it harden and thicken.

*Skin infections. 

Repeated scratching can expose your skin to various infections.

* Asthma and hay fever. 

Eczema can lead to developing asthma or hay fever, especially in very young children.

*Difficulty falling asleep.

Eczema can cause difficulty sleeping and disrupt your sleep.

Content created and supplied by: Kazienel (via Opera News )

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