Causes of Eczema
Eczema appears to be related to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. It is associated with other conditions such as asthma, hay fever, and food allergies.
Children whose parents have asthma and allergies are more likely to develop eczema.
People who live in cities and very dry climates are more likely to develop the condition.
Eczema seems to worsen in certain situations:
- The presence of pollen, mold, dust mites, animals, and certain foods to which a person may be allergic;
- Cold, dry air;
- Colds and flu;
- Skin contact with irritating chemicals;
- Skin contact with irritating textile materials such as wool;
- Emotional factors / stress;
- Fragrances or dyes added to skin lotions or soaps;
- Taking too many baths or showers and not moisturizing the skin properly afterward.