Eczema is a chronic (long-term) inflammatory condition. There are many different types of eczema, with the most common being ‘atopic dermatitis’.
Eczema is more common in children but can manifest itself in adulthood. Although it is a long-term condition it can improve over time (particularly in children). While there is no cure for eczema it is possible to reduce the intensity of symptoms and help the condition of the skin improve over time.
‘Atopic’ means sensitivity to allergens. Therefore, symptoms of atopic eczema can be subject to certain triggers, such as soaps, detergents, stress, weather and sometimes food allergies may play a part.
The intensity of eczema symptoms can differ from person to person but symptoms generally include:
- Dry itchy skin
- Red inflamed skin sores
- Cracked and bleeding skin
- Eczema can occur anywhere on the skin and is commonly found around the flexors (e.g., bends of the arms and backs of knees).
Some people’s eczema may be isolated to small patches of dry skin, whereas others may experience inflamed and red skin over their whole body.
People with eczema can experience flare-ups, where their eczema is more noticeable, and periods where their symptoms are less obvious and intense.
There is no cure for eczema and it can have a significant effect on daily life. It can also carry a greater risk of infection. Treatments can help relieve the symptoms and help manage the condition over time.
- Self-care techniques – reducing scratching and avoiding triggers
- Emollients (moisturising treatments) – to be used on a daily basis
- Topical corticosteroids – reducing selling, redness and itching
Ahmeys prescribers can offer advice and prescribe medication to provide the right treatment to effectively help you.