Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis is a widespread skin condition affecting children and adults of all ages. Presenting as red, dry and itchy skin, while there is no cure, eczema is an easily manageable condition with the right treatment plan.
Commonly connected with hereditary asthma and hayfever, it can manifest as acute or chronic with triggers ranging from psychological stress to contact with irritants. Once the skin barrier is compromised, it can be difficult to retain moisture and can heighten infection possibility.
Bathing - Recommended bathing patterns are short showers with lukewarm water.
Clothing - Avoiding coarse fibres such as wool and synthetic and choosing clothing that is soft and gentle to the skin.
Irritants - Avoiding known irritants (this can vary from patient to patient)
Emollients Apply an emollient (moisturiser) consistently, particularly after bathing, and when itchy.
Topical steroids Apply to itchy patches (length of application will be specified in your treatment plan after a dermatologist consultation).
Antibiotics Your consultant will recommend antibiotics if deemed necessary.
There are a variety of other treatment options that can be explored during your consultation.