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Triggers: What can cause eczema to flare?

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Triggers on your child’s body

A trigger can cause a new eczema flare-up or worsen existing eczema. Here’s how to figure out whether anything on your child’s body could be an eczema trigger.

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How can I find indoor eczema triggers?

Everything from dry air to a sudden temperature change can trigger an eczema flare-up. This chart can help you find and avoid common indoor triggers.

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How can I find outdoor eczema triggers?

If spending time outdoors causes your child’s eczema to flare, this chart may help you figure out why and what you can do to prevent flare-ups.

Mother and toddler doing laundry
How to find products least likely to trigger a flare

Kids with eczema have sensitive skin, so products ranging from laundry detergent to baby wipes can trigger an eczema flare-up. These tips can help avoid such flare-ups.

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What can help control eczema triggers at school?

Sending a child who has eczema to school can feel daunting. To help parents and kids feel more comfortable, here’s what dermatologists recommend.

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Eczema triggers: How to avoid them while playing sports

Heat and sweat are common eczema triggers. By following these precautions, most kids who have eczema can attend gym class and play sports.

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Will swimming in a pool trigger my child’s eczema?

Pool water can irritate eczema, causing a flare-up. Find out when you need to keep a child with eczema out of the pool and what precautions to take when it’s okay to get in the water.

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How can you help your child with eczema?

The more sensitive the skin, the more susceptible it is to triggers. While finding triggers is important, you’ll see the best results when you follow an eczema friendly skin care plan.

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Sidbury R, Tom WL, et al. “Part 4: Guidelines of care for the management of atopic dermatitis. Part 4: Prevention of disease flares and use of adjunctive therapies and approaches.” J Am Acad Dermatol. 2014 Jul;71(1);1218-33.

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