Eczema & skin irritations
Eczema ranges in severity from a small annoying red patch to an infected full body rash. Most common in children, it can also affect adults and start at any age with red, dry, itchy skin, sometimes becoming weeping, scaled and thickened. Eczema (same as dermatitis) means ‘inflamed skin’, of which there are three main types: Irritant, Atopic and Contact. They all look very similar and share similar treatments.
Irritant eczema is the simplest form of eczema and is caused by rapid dehydration. Any environmental factor or mechanical forces that can cause rapid drying out of the skin is considered an irritant (e.g. chapped lips and windburn, straps and belts).
Atopic Eczema is usually an inherited condition stemming from a general sensitivity to allergens such as dust or pollen which triggers an inflammatory cascade, leaving the skin dry and itchy. Typical triggers include heat/sweat, pet fur, wool/synthetic fibres and fragrances.
Good hydration: the cornerstone for any regimen that calms eczema
A well-moisturized skin barrier becomes less susceptible to environmental allergens and helps the skin’s recovery. Medicated creams and ointments may be prescribed; also antibiotics in severe cases. Immunosuppressants, antihistamines may be recommended in particular cases and avoiding provocative allergens after allergy and patch testing. Environmental and lifestyle advice will help in some cases.
Treatment options include:
- dermatology consultation and prescription
- medical-grade skincare products as recommended by our specialists
- allergy and patch testing
FOCUS ON: Do not feel disheartened by this condition. Even for conditions where no specific cure exists, it is possible to minimise symptoms to the point they do not impair your normal life. We will recommend a bespoke skin care regime to calm your eczema and keep your skin hydrated, healthy and protected whilst lifestyle and environmental changes can help improving and preventing even further.