What Causes Eczema?

1 in 5 children, and 1 in 12 adults suffer with eczema, and 15% of the UK population visit the GP each year with a problem skin condition.

What might be causing your eczema?

Do I have Hard Water?

Dry, scaly skin is one of the most common side effects of hard water on the skin. Is hard water playing a part in your eczema, and what can you do about? Enter your postcode to find out.

Discover if you live in a hard water area

What is eczema?

Atopic eczema (sometimes called dermatitis) is a non-contagious dry skin condition. Symptoms can vary greatly from sufferer to sufferer, and can range from dry patches, scaly skin and itching, to weeping sores, bleeding and crusting.

Unfortunately there is no cure for eczema, however in most cases it is manageable. Eczema is more prevalent amongst families with a history of asthma, eczema and hayfever (the atopic triad), and it is more common in Asian, black African and black Caribbean families. It is believed that eczema will affect 80% of children where both parents have the condition, and 60% of children where one parent has the condition.

Environmental factors, diet, temperature change, skincare products, household cleaners, pets, stress, hormones and even the hardness of your water can all contribute to your eczema. By identifying your own triggers, you can aim to reduce your symptoms and prevent flare-ups.

Find information about possible eczema triggers on this website, share your stories with others, exchange tips, and request an information pack and some free samples of skincare products.

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Simply need advice or support?

Explore the five topics above for any help and advice relevant to you and your family - we hope you can find others who are going through similar frustrations and may have already found some ways to ease the life burden that eczema brings.

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Contribute your thoughts, feelings and experiences dealing with eczema and share how you identified your triggers. You’ll be amazed how many people are needing a little reassurance and advice and hearing this from another eczema sufferer can make a world of difference.