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Health Tip: Avoid Triggers for Eczema

-- The skin condition eczema, characterized by an itchy red rash, may be caused by a host of allergens or irritants.

The Nemours Foundation offers this list of common triggers for eczema:

  • Allergens such as animal dander, dust, mold or pollen.
  • Cold, dry winter air, or severe heat.
  • Dry skin.
  • Harsh soaps or detergents.
  • Irritating fabrics such as wool, or fabrics with a coarse weave.
  • Perfume, cologne and some skin care products, especially those with alcohol.
  • Tobacco smoke.
  • Some foods, commonly dairy foods and those that are highly acidic.
  • Emotional stress.
  • Sweating.
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Posted: February 2010