What Is Eczema?
Eczema (also known as dermatitis) is a dry skin condition. It is a highly individual condition which varies from person to person and comes in many different forms.
In mild cases of eczema, the skin is dry, scaly, red and itchy. In more severe cases there may be weeping, crusting and bleeding. Constant scratching causes the skin to split and bleed and also leaves it open to infection.
Eczema affects people of all ages but is primarily seen in children. Those who “grow out” of their eczema during early childhood may see it recur again in later life.
In the UK, one in five children and one in twelve adults have eczema while eczema and contact dermatitis account for 84-90% of occupational skin disease.
Atopic eczema is a genetic condition based on the interaction between a number of genes and environmental factors. In most cases there will be a family history of either eczema or one of the other ‘atopic’ conditions i.e asthma or hay fever.
Atopic Eczema In Children
Atopic eczema (sometimes called infantile or childhood eczema) is the most common form of eczema. It can affect people of all ages, but children in particular. Most children with eczema find that their skin improves as they get older (usually by puberty) and for some the eczema will clear, but there is no way of telling in advance whether this will happen. As a general rule, children whose eczema is more severe tend to retain the condition into adulthood. Even if the eczema improves significantly, people who had atopic eczema as a child often have ‘sensitive’ skin as adults.
DermAdvance Personalised Care
It is estimated that 69% of the population with skin problems self-medicate with £75 million spent every year on over the counter products.
Many people experience waiting for several months to be seen by a specialist in the national health service with the unfortunate risk of ending up in an overbooked and delayed clinic with only 10 minutes available for their consultation.
Long term inflammation of the skin may lead to significant comorbidities such as infections, intolerances and resistance to treatment if not addressed as early as possible.
With 10 years’ experience in the care and management of adults and children with eczema and being actively involved in research, I have developed a personalised care plan which involves proper education and awareness on the most up to date clinical evidence on eczema.
In the first appointment I will dedicate the necessary time to listen, educate and provide an effective management plan for you or your child that will result cost effective. With years of clinical experience in the field and active involvement in research I will devise a plan based on the most up to date scientific evidence.