23 Surprising Eczema Triggers to Identify & Avoid

magnoliaThere seems to be as many different triggers for eczema flare-ups as there are people who have eczema. If you have this skin condition, then you know it can be very difficult to pinpoint your own personal triggers. Some things around your house that you would never have even considered a danger to your health can send your eczema into a tizzy.

While the exact cause of eczema is still unknown, many doctors think eczema is linked to allergies like hay fever or asthma. In other cases, eczema is believed to be linked to food allergies, which means you might need to keep an eye on the dairy or wheat in your diet. Some of the other common eczema triggers that you should keep your eye on are as follows.


If you are genetically predisposed to develop atopic eczema, it will present after you are exposed to allergens. Those same common allergens might set off your eczema.

House dust mites
Seasonal pollens
Extreme temperatures
Hot weather
High and low humidity
Nuts and seeds
Soy products


Stress seems to exacerbate every health condition, doesn't it? In many cases, stress makes eczema flare up. There is no definitive answer as to why it does this, but many people see flare-ups in conjunction with times of high stress.


Irritants are different for every individual and can be just about anything, but they're commonly in chemicals that dry your skin out. Take note if any of these things cause a flare-up and then avoid them.

Soaps and detergents
Dish-washing liquids
Bubble bath
Contact with juices from fresh fruits, meats, vegetables


Hormones are chemicals produced by our own body. If you are a woman, you already know all about hormones. They can wreak all sorts of havoc on your body and eczema is no exception. Sudden changes in hormones can cause flare-ups in women.

Honestly, the best way to avoid continuous flare-ups is to keep a journal and jot down when you have a flare-up. What were you doing? What irritants, foods, or allergens were involved? Were you stressed? Was there a hormonal change? This will help you pinpoint your triggers and avoid them in the future.

What seemingly innocuous thing has triggered an eczema flare-up for you?

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godde... goddess99

Extreme cold always does it for me.

lalas... lalasmama2007

My dd usually has problems when it's very cold.

la_be... la_bella_vita

Great tips! I agree that it's the cold that does a number on skin

ceciliam ceciliam

I know with my son's friend the change in weather will cause flare-ups.

RobynS RobynS

most of those I would never have guessed! Though it occurs to me that I did have a case of eczema a few years ago (I had totally forgotten!!), but it went away after I found out I was allergic to gluten and gave up wheat.

krys1025 krys1025

My dd gets flare ups with weather changes.

Kmakk... Kmakksmom

Interesting!  Thank you for sharing.

Wish2Be Wish2Be

My son gets flare ups when he gets sick with flu or cold... I am wondering how much his immune system effects the eczema.

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