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Why does eczema affect some people and not others?

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Over 34.8 million Americans have symptoms of eczema (atopic dermatitis), but scientists don't really know what causes it. Many experts think that eczema occurs when you have an inherited tendency for the disease, and the disease is "triggered." Triggers can vary widely, and some examples are stress, or sensitivity and exposure to some soaps, fabrics or foods. Can stress cause eczema? Stress doesn't actually cause eczema (atopic dermatitis), but it can trigger a flare-up, or make the condition worse. Feelings like anger and frustration can also aggravate eczema. Because emotional stress can aggravate the condition, patients with eczema (atopic dermatitis) may find that techniques in stress management and relaxation can decrease their chances of having flare-ups. Can you have eczema for the first time as an adult? It is not common for someone to have eczema for the first time as an adult, but it can happen. What is the link between eczema and asthma, hay fever, and allergies ? Many ... more
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Over 34.8 million Americans have symptoms of eczema (atopic dermatitis), but scientists don't really know what causes it. Many experts think that eczema occurs when you have an inherited tendency for the disease, and the disease is "triggered." Triggers can vary widely, and some examples are stress, or sensitivity and exposure to some soaps, fabrics or foods. People with eczema may have different triggers. Some of the common things that can trigger an eczema flare-up include: ? Changes in temperature or humidity ? Chemical irritants, such as pesticides, paint strippers, alcohol, astringents, perfumes, harsh soaps, detergents, and household cleaners ? Physical irritants, such as clothes made of rough or scratchy fabrics, like wool or burlap ? Allergies (to dust, pollen, mold, animal dander, etc.) ? Intense emotion or stress ? Infections of any kind People with eczema must work closely with their healthcare providers to figure out what triggers their eczema flare-ups. Then they can ... more
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