I have had eczema for years and it’s been particularly bad for the past two years. I ended up being referred to a dermatologist who prescribed a super strong steroid cream to get rid of the eczema on my hands. It comes back every time I try to stop using the cream, so I have to use it a couple of times a week as maintanence even after the rash disappears. I also have eczema on other areas of my body that keeps coming and going. I’m sure that stress plays a role for me, as does the climate and weather, and environmental factors such as soaps, creams, shampoos/conditioners, adhesives, water. I’ve started wearing gloves during food preparation as that seems to really irritate my skin, and am beginning to try to avoid as many chemicals in care products as possible and to take greater measures to control allergens in my apartment (my allergies are horrible every single day). I asked about getting patch testing to see if I’m allergic to any chemicals, but my dermatologist said that I have atopic dermatitis and that’s rarely caused by specific allergens, even though it’s related to being allergic/atopic. I often break out in random hives here and there, especially if I try to stop taking antihistamines for a day or two (then the hives happen a couple times a day), but it just seems related to my body being so overly reactive to everything. I haven’t noticed any connection to my blood sugars or to specific foods I eat (though I do have known food allergies, which of course I avoid).