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Causes of Eczema

Explore the diverse causes of eczema, from genetic factors to environmental triggers. Discover effective symptom management strategies for healthier skin.

  • 19 Feb 2024
  • 2 min read

Eczema, known as atopic dermatitis in medical terminology, affects many children in India. It is a condition that makes the skin dry, itchy, and inflamed. As eczema progresses, periodic inflammatory flare-ups start after contact with irritants like soaps, detergents, or specific foods. In this article, we will explore some of the potential causes of eczema so that if you or someone in your family is affected by it, you can better understand what might be contributing to it.


What are the Causes of Eczema?

Both genetic and environmental factors cause eczema. The following appoints explore the main causes of eczema:

  • Filaggrin deficiency: Filaggrin is a protein that helps maintain the texture of the outermost layer of our skin, called the epidermis, as it aids in water retention. Filaggrin deficiency leads to abnormalities in the skin's cellular structure, rendering the water retention capability fragile. Impaired barriers let foreign impurities penetrate the skin, ultimately leading to the development of eczema.
  • Family history of atopy, dermatitis, hay fever, or allergies
  • A dry atmosphere and temperature changes are common environmental triggers. Low humidity causes rashes and dryness in the skin. Dust, pollen, certain make-up products, woolen fabrics, and perfumes are potential allergens.
  • Stress leads to eating disorders and poor sleep patterns, which eventually lead to immune dysfunction and inflammation. As soon as inflammation shows up, it may turn into eczema.
  • Improper diet and digestion
  • Anxiety and depression also cause frequent flare-ups.

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To sum up, the causes of eczema can vary greatly depending on individual factors, environmental forces, medical conditions, and lifestyle choices. Treatment aims to relieve symptoms, lower the frequency of flare-ups, and prevent further skin infections. Once you identify what may be triggering your own symptoms, talk to your doctor about treatments and management options best suited for your individual situation. Doing all this now could pay off later in life with healthier and happier skin! Remember, investing in proper health insurance coverage can provide you with peace of mind and financial protection against unexpected medical expenses related to eczema and other health conditions.

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