Eczema is not contagious.
“Atopic dermatitis is not contagious, so there is no need to worry about catching it or giving it to someone”
“Atopic eczema is a multifactorial and complex disease that involves the innate and adaptive immune systems, genetics, environmental factors, and even lifestyle.” However, this skin condition does tend to run in families, and often affects those who also have asthma or are affected by hay fever and allergies.
The exact cause of eczema is unknown.
However, it is linked to many internal and external factors that fuel the condition.
Internal factors include a family history of eczema, asthma or hay fever, some foods (most notably dairy and wheat products, citrus fruits, eggs, nuts, seafood, chemical food additives, preservatives and colourings), alcohol, and stress. External factors consist of irritants (tobacco smoke, chemicals, weather, and air conditioned environments) and allergens (dust mites, mould, grass, plant pollen, food, pets, soap, shampoo, washing powders, cosmetics and other toiletries).
There are certain things eczema sufferers should avoid.
Steer clear of the following items in order to help protect the vulnerable barrier of your skin and prevent further irritation: artificial fragrances, alcohol, scrubs or any exfoliant that uses friction, glycolic acid, products that are alkaline like soap and shaving foams, and highly active products that stimulate the skin. Avoid chemical sunscreens, too.
How you can avoid an outbreak.
Keeping your skin moist by apply a hydrating cream can help avoid an irritating outbreak, however, it’s also wise to wear fabrics that are soft or 100 per cent cotton; have lukewarm showers and baths; gently pat your skin dry after bathing; avoid rapid changes in temperature; limit rugs and carpeted areas in your home; change your bed linen regularly and use dust mite prevention covers; reduce your stress levels; and pay attention to what triggers your eczema so you can avoid them in the future.
Eczema sufferers should keep their skin care regimen simple.
Limiting the number of products you use will reduce the possibility of a reaction and help prevent your skin from becoming even more sensitised. Look for nourishing moisturisers that are free of fragrance and other known irritants, and opt for creamy cleansers with non-abrasive particles. These types of cleansers will boost your skin’s hydration levels, as well as help combat any dry or sore areas.
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