Eczema or Dermatitis refers to inflammation of the skin. It’s symptoms include redness, scaling and itching. It is most common in children and can improve over time. Adults who suffer, often find that they still have flare-ups of eczema during periods of stress.
The most common form of eczema is atopic eczema, which can affect any part of the body but is often found inside the elbows, knees, on the neck, hands, cheeks, and scalp.
Eczema and dermatitis are both names for the same condition: inflammation of the skin characterised by redness, swelling and itching. In its chronic or persistent form, regular rubbing of the skin( through itching and scratching) leads to thickening or ‘lichenification’, scaling and post-inflammatory darkening of the skin.
There are many types of eczema including:
- Atopic eczema
- Seborrhoeic dermatitis
- Irritant dermatitis
- Discoid eczema
Each subtype of eczema requires tailored treatments which your Dermatologist will be able to discuss with you.
What causes Eczema?
The cause of atopic eczema is sadly unknown. It often runs alongside other conditions including asthma and hay fever, and flare-ups may be triggered by things that come into contact with the skin like soap or laundry detergent. Stress, the weather, and occasionally food allergies can all cause flare-ups. There are many different causes for the different types of eczema.
What are the types and symptoms of Eczema?
- Atopic eczema; common in children and related to other allergic conditions such as asthma and hay fever.
- Allergic contact dermatitis: an eczema caused by an allergic reaction to something coming into contact with the skin. This can be identified by means of a patch test.
- Irritant contact eczema: an eczema caused by a chemical irritating the skin (such as soap or disinfectants)
- Pompholyx/Dyshidrotic eczema: itchy tiny blisters occurring under the skin on hands and feet.
- Lichen simplex chronicus: a thickened itchy area caused by repeated rubbing and scratching
- Nodular prurigo: similar to lichen simplex, multiple small itchy areas of thickened inflamed skin
- Asteatotic eczema: dermatitis due to dry, cracked skin that occurs with age
- Drug-induced eczema: eczema that might resemble any of the above types, but that is caused by medications.
- Seborrhoeic dermatitis: a common cause of dandruff but can also affect the face, underarms and chest.
What Eczema treatments are available?
Eczema is not life-threatening, but can affect your quality of life as a sufferer. Flare-ups of eczema can be very itchy and uncomfortable; scratching the skin provides immediate short-term relief, but ultimately prolongs the problem by introducing bacteria to the broken skin and causing further infection and inflammation.
Everything Skin Clinic specialises in treating skin conditions and rashes including eczema. We can provide you with a course of eczema treatments to deal with flare-ups and ongoing symptoms, as well as providing advice on how you can manage your eczema and minimise future flare-ups.
The types of treatments we usually recommend include the most appropriate moisturising creams and prescription medications which come in the form of topical products or oral medication. These are used to help control the inflammation and manage the symptoms.
If you would like to speak to us, fill in the enquiry form and we will be in touch, or call us on 0161 509 1294.
Why choose Everything Skin Clinic?
At Everything Skin Clinic™, we have a team of highly trained Consultant dermatologists, who have completed specialist training in Dermatology and are on the specialist register of the General Medical Council. All our consultants hold substantive contracts with the best Dermatology centres in leading NHS hospitals. Therefore, you can be certain of the highest quality private care.
We offer a range of treatments and can offer one, or a combination of treatments to achieve the best results. Unlike many other clinics, we can offer diagnosis and treatment all under one roof by expert consultant dermatologist, so you know you’ll be in safe hands.