Eczema can manifest itself in various forms. We still don’t entirely know why people get eczema. Here you can read more about the various causes and treatment methods and about the various forms of eczema.
One of the most common theories is that it is a short circuit in the immune system. The skin reacts abnormally to certain substances, for example in clothing, cleaning agents, plants or food. If your skin’s protective barrier is disrupted it can affect the development, duration and severity of the eczema, as can genetic factors and stress.
Eczema is almost impossible to cure, but there are treatments that can reduce the symptoms and discomfort. Here is a list of the most well-known:
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