Eczema is a fairly common skin disorder, characterized by patchy and inflamed skin that can blister and cause itchiness and general misery. However, while many Americans suffer from it, there’s not a whole lot of knowledge or treatments circulating out there.
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The skin condition can be a reaction to a substance, but in many cases the cause is unknown. Here are six lesser-known facts about eczema, and some possible ways to find some relief without scratching all day (which will make it worse)…
1. It May be Linked to Asthma
Some experts believe that you may be at higher risk of developing the skin disorder if a family member has asthma or hay fever. According to the National Eczema Association, doctors call this connection the “atopic triad”, which also explains that 80 percent of children with eczema will have a breathing problem like asthma.
Further research has been done about the relationship of eczema and asthma. According to a Washington University article, damaged skin secretes a substance through the body and triggers asthma symptoms. This progression has been referred to as the “atopic march”.