Updated: Feb 25
Recent medical studies prove eczema is an Autoimmune Disorder. This is an inflammatory disorder in which the skin becomes covered in itchy, scaly lesions. These lesions cause cracks in the skin's outer barrier, exposing patients to infection. Autoimmune Disorder is always accompanied by activation of the immune system.
Your immune system fights off harmful germs and other things that shouldn’t be in your body. Sometimes, though, something goes wrong and it attacks healthy tissue like it’s a threat and that can lead to inflammation.
Why does this happen?
Researchers think two things have to happen for you to have an autoimmune disorder. First, you get genes from your parents that make you more likely to have one. Then it’s triggered by something in your environment. Because more women are affected than men, doctors think certain hormones may play a role.
According to The Autoimmune Registry, the top 10 most common autoimmune diseases include:
Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroiditis
Diabetes mellitus, type 1
Pernicious anemia/atrophic gastritis
Immune thrombocytopenic purpura
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