Eczema or dermatitis is an inflammatory skin condition, which is marked by redness, itching, weeping, crusting, and skin pigmentation. Environmental factors such as soaps, detergents, shampoos, dust mites, pets, pollens, mold, bacteria, viruses, and fungi are few of the eczema causes. Heavy metals such as mercury and lead also play a major role in causing inflammation of the skin. Dairy and soy products, eggs, nuts and seeds, and wheat can also cause eczema.
Emotional stress can make symptoms worse. Hormone imbalance may also affect the skin and worsen eczema. Many patients may suffer from this dermatitis for years and go from doctor to doctor using only topical steroid ointments, salves and antibiotics but never get to the root cause of the condition.