First, be careful not to confuse the factors leading to flare-ups with the underlying cause of atopic dermatitis: a structurally deficient skin barrier.
The factors triggering breakouts are numerous and cannot be prevented
They can be related to the environment, food or even emotions - although we cannot explain it, emotions can play a significant role in the frequency or severity of eczema attacks. Teething and ENT disorders may also trigger eczema breakouts in infants.
Furthermore, reactions to aggravating factors vary from one individual to another.
The most common aggravating factors are as follows:
- Dust, dust mites and pollens, which are naturally present in the air
- Soaps, laundry detergents and home cleaning products
- Tobacco and pollution
- Heat (+ sweat) and very dry air
- Irritating clothing: wool, synthetic fabrics, etc.
- Emotional stress
- Changes in temperature
- Food allergens
- Swimming in the sea or pool
However, it is better to control inflammation upon the first signs of eczema rather than trying to eliminate environmental factors.
"With each breakout, we wonder if our little girl's life is plagued by how we raise her, what she eats, what she wears, or anything else. We find this disease very confusing; it is not easy to understand."
Isabelle, mother of Octavia, 3 years old