Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a health condition that makes skin red and itchy. It is most common in people who have a family history of the condition and although it typically develops in early childhood, it can occur at any age.
Eczema causes redness, itchiness, dryness, and inflammation of the skin. While the cause of eczema isn’t fully understood, identifying and avoiding potential triggers is one way to maintain clear and healthy skin.
Mild to moderate eczema may respond well to over-the-counter (OTC) topical creams. If you have severe eczema, you may need to take additional measures to limit exposure to certain triggers.
If you aren’t sure what sparks your eczema outbreaks, here’s a look at 13 common triggers and how to avoid them.