Dermatologists Explain 3 Causes of Eczema
Eczema is one of the most puzzling dermatologic conditions, and dermatologists have failed to identify a direct cause for its manifestation. However, according to the staff at the Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center in Thomasville, Asheboro, Albemarle and Pinehurst, NC, there are several contributing factors that may be responsible for flare ups. Knowing them can help you regulate the condition. If you’re dealing with eczema, or your family has a history of the condition, consider the possible causes below.
3 Causes of Eczema
- Genetics Because eczema is directly related to an overactive immune system, dermatologists believe some people may have a genetic predisposition to the condition. Due to a gene mutation, the top layer of their skin is poorly regulated by the body. When environmental allergens irritate this skin layer, this weakened immune system attacks these areas. This creates the reddish spots, sores, and chaffed eczema patches on the skin. Dermatologists recommend scheduling an exam if you have a family history of eczema so they can assess if you might have inherited the condition.
- Plant Allergens In many cases, eczema first begins with dry skin, which is similar to the side-effects of an allergic reaction. This association has led many dermatologists to believe plant-related allergies might cause the condition in some people. To combat allergens that cause dry skin, the body may unintentionally over-dry these areas. This can allow allergens to further damage the skin and lead to infections. If you experience these symptoms, consult with a dermatologist to see if you have any pollen or plant-related allergies.
- Cold Weather Cold temperatures, especially at higher altitudes or in dry regions, can cause chronically dry skin. Research has shown children are more susceptible to the effects of cold weather and that it may trigger eczema flare ups and onset. Adults are also prone to the effects of ambient humidity, so it’s important to moisturize regularly to avoid skin irritation. The best way is to use dermatologist-approved lotions and creams to keep your skin hydrated. These creams and hydrating lotions are best absorbed right after a shower or bath while the skin is still moist. It is also important to bathe or shower with cooler water and to moisturize throughout the day.
If you need help managing your eczema, turn to the staff at the Dermatology & Skin Surgery Centers. Their providers offer comprehensive services and can address any problems you’re experiencing. Call (336) 475-8410 today to reach their Thonasville location; (910) 673-8410 for their Pinehurst/West End office; (704) 982-8410 for their Albemarle location; and (336) 625-8410 for their Asheboro office. You can also visit their website to learn more about their mole removal and skin cancer treatment services.