Eczema and your family: We answer frequently asked questions about how, why and where signs of atopic eczema flare up.  

Eczema is one of the most prevalent health challenges worldwide, and your family may also have examples of the problem - both from the past and today. To help you feel safe in caring for your skin, we have summarized important information about the most common type of eczema: atopic dermatitis.

What is eczema?

'Eczema' is a broad term used to refer to at least 11 skin diseases. Atopic dermatitis, or atopic eczema, is the most common type - as you may already know. Atopic eczema is often hereditary and is common in people with already sensitive skin and can go hand in hand with asthma and hay fever.

The severity varies from person to person, but eczema is commonly known to cause inflamed, itchy skin with small blisters called vesicles that can liquefy, seep and cause cracked areas. The best thing you can do to prevent irritation is to invest time in your skin care and washing routines.

Why does eczema flare up?

Atopic eczema is mainly a problem with your skin's natural barrier function. This allows typical sources of irritation and allergens (such as dust and perfume) to penetrate the skin and cause inflammation. Reactions to food allergies and animal fur can also trigger the condition in some patients. Allergy testing or a gradual elimination process can also uncover the cause.

Many people find that stress, fatigue and lack of energy can trigger signs of eczema. It's easy to see how a vicious circle can occur: Stress has an effect on your skin, and your skin has an effect on your stress level - so they can each be a trigger for each other.

When does eczema occur?

Eczema almost always starts in early childhood. Up to 20% of all children show symptoms. The majority - around 75% - grow from the problem before adolescence or experience only occasional outbreaks.

Where does eczema occur?

Different forms of eczema can affect different parts of the body. Atopic dermatitis is common around the elbows and behind the knees, while stasis dermatitis primarily occurs on the lower leg. Compared to eczema in infants, the characteristic itchy rash often occurs on the face.

Regular lubrication with moisturizing, gentle and unscented products, such as those in the Neutral range, can help keep the symptoms of eczema under control. Asthma-Allergy Denmark approves all our products. When you choose us, you know you are in good hands.

Eczema can be incredibly uncomfortable and painful to live with, but the condition of the skin is not life-threatening and is easy to control with the right care. If you are worried about your eczema, you should always start by contacting your own doctor. He or she may prescribe an allergy test or refer you to a dermatologist.

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