Understanding ‘Your Eczema’

Chloe JohnsonBlog

This week marks ‘National Eczema Week’. An important week to raise awareness for a skin condition which is widely known but not always understood. With so many creams, lotions and types of eczema it is important to understand ‘Your Eczema’. Eczema is a highly individual condition which varies from person to person and comes in many different forms.

Important facts to remember about Eczema:

  • It is not contagious so you cannot catch it from someone else.
  • It comes in many different forms.
  • Eczema affects people of all ages but is primarily seen in children.
  • In the UK, one in five children and one in twelve adults have eczema.
  • The weather is a big factor in aggravating eczema conditions.

 

So what is Eczema?  

Eczema (also known as dermatitis) is a dry skin condition. 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 leaving it open to infection. In most cases there will be a family history of either eczema or one of the other ‘atopic’ conditions for example: asthma or hay fever.

If you are suffering from eczema or maybe you know someone who is, our Consultant Dermatologists are here to help.

Dr Stephanie Lateo

Dr Davide Altamura

Dr Rohaj Mehta

Dr Ravi Suchak

If you would like to book an appointment with one of our renowned Dermatologist’s, just call our friendly team on 01245 474070 or alternatively email enquiries@baddowhospital.co.uk. For further information click here