What Causes Eczema?

To successfully treat and prevent recurrence of eczema we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow eczema to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind eczema consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to eczema.  Here are four possibilities:
  • Stomach Acid Deficiency
  • Bacterial Dysbiosis
  • Low Digestive Enzymes
  • Food Allergies

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
many white spots on fingernails
severe epigastric pain
allergies as a child
past pain/burning behind breastbone
occasional sore throats
occasional bowel movement changes
digestive enzyme use
offensive-smelling stool
slight abdominal distension
spacey/unreal feelings
regular unexplained nausea
... and more than 50 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of eczema:
Cause Probability Status
Food Allergies 90% Confirm
Low Digestive Enzymes 24% Unlikely
Stomach Acid Deficiency 5% Ruled out
Bacterial Dysbiosis 1% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Existing Skin Conditions section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about eczema:
Have you had Eczema? This includes many kinds of red, blistering, oozing, scaly, brownish, thickened and itching skin conditions, and may be known as Dermatitis.
Possible responses:
→ Never had it / don't know
→ Probably had it/minor episode(s) now resolved
→ Major episode(s) now resolved
→ Current minor problem
→ Current major problem
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either history of eczema or eczema, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Bacterial Dysbiosis

Fecal and duodenal flora in patients with atopic eczema have been studied.  Evidence of small bowel dysbiosis and subtle malabsorption phenomena was found in the majority of cases.

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