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What Triggers Eczema Flare-Ups?

Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, is a skin condition that causes red, very itchy rashes. Eczema may occur at any age but is more common in children. Patients with this condition usually experience periodic eczema flare-ups where redness and irritation intensify. People with atopic dermatitis have very sensitive skin.

Eczema Triggers

The best way to prevent further irritation is to try and identify any triggers if you can for eczema flare-ups. While there may be some lag time between the irritant exposure and the flare-up, it is common for patients with eczema to experience a flare-up from the following:

  • Fragranced soaps and laundry detergents
  • Dry skin
  • Fragranced bubble baths and shower products
  • Cleaning wipes containing alcohol
  • Fragrances
  • Bug spray
  • Tight, restrictive, or itchy clothing
  • Wool fabrics

Eczema Prevention

While there currently is no cure for atopic dermatitis, there are a few treatment options available as well as self-care prevention tips to avoid further redness and itchiness. 

It’s important that patients keep the skin hydrated while also using gentle, fragrance-free products that accommodate sensitive skin. It is a good idea for patients to moisturize with heavy creams or vaseline-based products at least twice daily (especially right after a shower or bath). Patients should blot dry their skin rather than rub it dry after the shower. Patients will also want to monitor the water temperature when taking a shower since hot water can further irritate eczema. 

Additionally, eczema patients should avoid environments with dry air and heat containing little humidity. Sometimes, seasonal changes may worsen symptoms.

Above all, it is important for patients to try and identify their eczema trigger(s) and steer clear of any activity that may lead to a nasty eczema flare-up. 

If you or a loved one has eczema and would like to seek different treatment options, call our expert board-certified dermatologist at the Aesthetic and Dermatology Center today: (301) 610-0663.