Author Box
Articles Categories
All Categories
Articles Resources

Eczema Rash - What Is It?

February 01, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 201

What causes eczema rash?

The rash of eczema comes about because there is an allergic reaction to something a person has come into contact with and this manifest as a skin rash. The substances or conditions that cause the eczema rash are known as triggers. There are a wide range of triggers. The triggers fall into the following categories:

- Foods - some foods are more likely to trigger eczema rash than others. The main ones identified are dairy, fish and other seafood, eggs and nuts. Some fish and seafood contains histamine, which is a substance which plays a central role in the allergic response.

- House hold products-some people may be sensitive to the many cleaning agents used around the home. It is a good idea to use one generalised product for cleaning, if you suffer from eczema rash. Detergents used to wash clothing, bed linen and towels can also act as a trigger. Non-biological detergents tend to help in the control of flare ups of eczema rash.

- Personal Items- Things such as bath soaps, deodorants, perfumes, and skin lotions can act as triggers of eczema rash.

- Environmental factors- Extremes of temperature and lack of humidity contribute to dry skin conditions which can develop into eczema rash. Even pollen and fir from plants can be triggers.

- Pets- the hair and dander from animals has been shown over and over again to be eczema triggers.

- Work related chemicals/products- People in certain occupations are more prone to developing eczema rash on areas of the body coming into direct contact with irritants. Health care workers may develop hand eczema, as a result of wearing gloves and constant hand washing. People who use metals such as nickel at work may develop a nickel allergy.

How do I find out what my eczema rash triggers are?

The best way of finding out what is contributing to the development of eczema is to keep an eczema diary. This diary should be very detailed and should include a daily record of every known thing that you have come into contact with, or have eaten. This should also include places that you do not visit regularly. On such outings, be observant of what is in your environment, including things like the weather and temperature.

You should also keep a record of significant events in your life, since such events are always accompanied by some degree of stress. This is so even when there are pleasant events such as getting married, or getting a better job. It has been shown that stress is a contributor to the development of eczema rash.

You should also record each event of an eczema occurrence. You should describe the development of the symptoms in detail. This can give you insight into whether you may be dealing with one or several triggers, as different triggers may vary slightly in how they manifest as an eczema rash.

If you keep an eczema diary for at least six months or over a longer period if your eczema flare-ups do not occur often, you should be able to pick up a pattern linking your eczema rash flare-ups and your exposures. The exposures that are common around the time of a flare up are likely to be the triggers. This entire process requires a considerable amount of patience and discipline.

How to treat eczema rash.

Once you know what your eczema triggers are, the most effective treatment is to avoid exposure to them, as far as possible. This is the single most important step in helping you to control your eczema.

The next most important thing is to treat your skin delicately. Avoid baths in hot water with perfumed soaps. Use a non- soap based natural cleanser, and natural moisturisers which do not contain alcohol, perfume or chemicals. Natural oils such as cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil, and almond oil are very good moisturisers. These should be applied directly after baths, on damp skin.

Keep the skin hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Dress appropriate for the weather, and avoid extremes of temperature. During the winter, it helps to have a humidifier in your room to counteract the drying effect of the hot dry air.

If your eczema is severe, or you have broken skin, you will need to attend a dermatologist for treatment to help settle the condition. Overall, it is important to remember that you can control eczema. Patient application of the above steps will help you to achieve this.

And if you want more information on how to control eczema rash visit my website at and get your free e-book on how to control eczema. Shelley has helped many people take control of their eczema, and has gotten rid of the problem for herself.

Source: EzineArticles
Was this Helpful ?

Rate this Article

Article Tags:

Eczema Rash


Eczema Rash Triggers


Eczema Rash Flare Ups


Eczema Diary

Your body needs glucose in order to get energy for cell and tissue function. Without energy, the cells do not function properly and the immune system is compromised. When your blood glucose levels

By: Clifford H Woods l Health & Fitness > Diabetes l July 09, 2013 lViews: 2617

Heavy Metals - Free radicals (tissue damaging molecules that cause aging and bodily deterioration) are the result of the ever-present toxins within our environment. Heavy metals are contained in

By: Clifford H Woods l Health & Fitness > Supplements l July 09, 2013 lViews: 607

Braun shavers and trimmers are very standard brand and their new curser beard and head trimmer is big for trimming beards. This trimmer was specifically made to be able to trim down your beard and

By: Lovey Blackburn l Health & Fitness > Beauty l December 20, 2012 lViews: 459

On this website you will find latest makeup reviews and swatches from real people. You will know how makeup products look in real life, and you can also participate! Post your photos, tips and

By: l Health & Fitness > Beauty l December 09, 2012 lViews: 320

You can either seek referrals from friends and associates or search for consultants on the internet. The latter, in our opinion, would be a viable option for those pressed for time.You can either

By: Simon Liva l Health & Fitness > Diseases l December 07, 2012 lViews: 269

Healthy living is essential in today's world, to ensure one's well being. Learn how to relax and improve your mood now! Be it exercising, or indulging in one's passions and hobbies, be sure to set

By: Clarinda l Health & Fitness > Mind Body Spirit l December 02, 2012 lViews: 262

Scientists have been searching about two decades to find out what are psoriasis causes but it has remained as mystery. Luckily for people with psoriasis there has been a breakthrough in psoriasis

By: Hope Sanderl Health & Fitness > Eczemal April 21, 2012 lViews: 212

The inflamed, red, crusty, flaky and blistering skin rashes that characterize eczema are the first things one would observe with this skin condition. But what is really annoying for those who endure

By: Robyn L.l Health & Fitness > Eczemal April 18, 2012 lViews: 187

10% of the population are suffering from hand rashes. If you have hand eczema you may experience pain, itching, redness, dryness, cracks and blisters. Eczema of the hands can be brought about from

By: Robyn L.l Health & Fitness > Eczemal April 17, 2012 lViews: 158

This chronic (recurring and long lasting) skin condition can be the bane of most sufferers' existence. This is further exacerbated by the fact that still not much is known about what causes it and

By: Terry Robbinsl Health & Fitness > Eczemal March 25, 2012 lViews: 176

When there is insufficient production of natural oil, sebum, in the body, the skin becomes dry and flaky. This may happen either because of the hormonal changes in the body or due to certain side

By: Everett Woodsl Health & Fitness > Eczemal March 24, 2012 lViews: 209

Eczema as a skin condition can easily be taken lightly by the uninformed. Eczema can actually develop into a complex condition if not properly diagnosed and treated promptly.

By: Chizurum Gabriell Health & Fitness > Eczemal March 23, 2012 lViews: 197

Dyshidrotic eczema is a form of eczema which affects the hands and the feet. It was once thought to be cause by excessive sweating of the hands. It is now known that irritation of the skin on the

By: Shelley M Rockl Health & Fitness > Eczemal February 20, 2012 lViews: 413

Adult eczema is of two main types. These are a contination of atopic eczema of childhood; and adult onset eczema. Adult onset eczema occurs as a result of acquired changes to the immune system. It

By: Shelley M Rockl Health & Fitness > Eczemal January 23, 2012 lViews: 350

Atopic dermatitis is a type of eczema where the skin reacts easily and abnormally to environmental allergens, irritants and foods. It occurs mainly in children and is unlikely to occur in anyone over

By: Shelley M Rockl Health & Fitness > Eczemal January 20, 2012 lViews: 188