What is eczema?
First of all, let's discuss the cause. There is a scientific consensus that this skin condition is caused by a genetic anomaly, with a deficiency of certain components of the skin. There is onset of major skin dryness, leaving the skin less able to protect against the irritants, allergens and pollutants that can penetrate it more easily.
This can include anything in the environment, inside a home, such as pollen, dust, dust mites and food allergens. The immune system then reacts excessively by producing significant amounts of immunoglobulin E antibodies, manifesting clinically by the appearance of eczema patches on the face, hands and feet.