5 doctors weighed in:
What leads to atopic eczema?
5 doctors weighed in

Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Atopy (see below)
Asthma, eczema, & allergies are "atopic" diseases.
"atopy" is an inherited tendency for developing any of these diseases. That being said... If you already have one of these diseases or have a close blood-relative who does, you have a higher risk (than those who don't) of getting any atopic disease. Note: an increased risk does not mean you actually will get any or all of these diseases.

In brief: Atopy (see below)
Asthma, eczema, & allergies are "atopic" diseases.
"atopy" is an inherited tendency for developing any of these diseases. That being said... If you already have one of these diseases or have a close blood-relative who does, you have a higher risk (than those who don't) of getting any atopic disease. Note: an increased risk does not mean you actually will get any or all of these diseases.
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dr. Katherine Brown
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Dr. Luis Matos
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
In brief: Itching starts it
Atopic dermatitis or eczema is "an itch that rashes".
Any problem that triggers itching can lead to this. Mild food allergies commonly cause itching in infants. But contact with dust mite particles on the skin, animal danders and even contact with staph or strep growing on the skin. Recently i helped a lady clear her severe atopic dermatitis by diagnosing her rare form of food allergy to meats.

In brief: Itching starts it
Atopic dermatitis or eczema is "an itch that rashes".
Any problem that triggers itching can lead to this. Mild food allergies commonly cause itching in infants. But contact with dust mite particles on the skin, animal danders and even contact with staph or strep growing on the skin. Recently i helped a lady clear her severe atopic dermatitis by diagnosing her rare form of food allergy to meats.
Dr. Luis Matos
Dr. Luis Matos
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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
In brief: Multiple triggers
The exact reason one gets atopic eczema is not clear, but likely a genetic tendency (atopic) and environmental influence.
Environment could be allergic trigger (food, dust or pollen), or exposure to a substance that lead to skin itching then breakdown from scratching. Such irritant include dyes, sweat, fragrance, wool, heat, to name a few.

In brief: Multiple triggers
The exact reason one gets atopic eczema is not clear, but likely a genetic tendency (atopic) and environmental influence.
Environment could be allergic trigger (food, dust or pollen), or exposure to a substance that lead to skin itching then breakdown from scratching. Such irritant include dyes, sweat, fragrance, wool, heat, to name a few.
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
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