Eczema Causes

Eczema Causes

What is Eczema?

Eczema is a skin condition which causes dry, itchy or irritated skin.  It is very common and usually begins in childhood. You may find that your eczema subsides as you grow older.  The most common type of eczema is called atopic dermatitis.  Eczema may flare up at times, then subside again, and can also be more severe during the night.  This article will discuss some key eczema causes, triggers and risk factors, and how Traditional Chinese Medicine can help.

Eczema Causes:

The causes of eczema aren’t yet fully understood by researchers.  However, eczema may be linked to an overactive immune system.  When your skin is exposed to external irritants, your immune system may overreact, which could cause eczema to flare up.

Another possible cause of eczema is when the body doesn’t make enough of a protein called filaggrin.  This protein (technically called filament aggregating protein) helps your skin stay healthy and moisturised.  This means that when your body isn’t producing enough filaggrin, your skin may become dry and irritated, potentially causing eczema.  

Eczema Causes

Eczema Triggers:

An eczema flare-up is when one or more eczema symptoms appear on the skin (such as redness, itching, dryness, or irritation).  Various internal and external triggers may contribute to eczema flare-ups occurring.  Some of the external eczema triggers include animal dander, cigarette smoke, synthetic or rough and scratchy clothing, sweat, dust, mould, pollen, chemicals in detergents, cleansers or scented products, and changes in temperature.  Internal triggers for eczema include stress, food allergies and infections of the upper respiratory system.

Risk Factors for Eczema:

A few factors may increase your risk of developing eczema.  Eczema tends to be more common in people who develop hay fever or asthma before the age of 30.  Also, if you have family members who have eczema, you may have a higher risk of developing the condition.

Eczema Causes

How Can Chinese Medicine Help?

In Chinese Medicine, the organs in the body work together to carry out specific functions.  When one organ becomes weak, this affects the other organs and may lead to symptoms in other parts of the body.  

For example, the lungs and large intestine (colon) work together and maintain the functioning of the breath and bowel movements, as well as the skin.  Hence, when the lungs or colon get out of balance, you may have symptoms like difficulty breathing, diarrhoea or constipation, or even skin problems like eczema!

To treat health problems like eczema, Chinese Medicine practitioners try to boost the affected organs, encouraging them to regain their strength to function naturally again.  This can be done through effective techniques like acupuncture, which rarely have any side effects.


Overall, eczema is a rash on the skin which may be itchy, dry or irritated.  It may be caused by the immune system overreacting to external triggers like chemicals, animal dander or mold.  Another possible contributor of eczema is when the body fails to produce enough of the filaggrin protein, which helps keep the skin moisturised.  Chinese Medicine can help you to treat eczema through techniques like acupuncture, which heal the body by energising the weaker organs.  

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Eczema Causes

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