Eczema

About

Eczema, or dermatitis, describes a group of conditions in which the skin becomes itchy, dry, red and cracked. Other symptoms include scaling, oozing, blistering, skin thickening, and altered pigmentation, although not all of these changes will necessarily occur together. Atopic eczema is the commonest type of eczema, with usual onset in childhood, and often runs in families; it is associated with asthma and hay fever. In atopic eczema, the skin barrier is impaired and there is an overactive inflammatory response in the skin.

Treatments we offer

We treat eczema in a number of ways, including:

  • Moisturisers (emollients)
  • Topical steroids
  • Topical calcineurin inhibitors
  • Antibiotics in the event of infection
  • Antihistamines
  • Phototherapy using ultraviolet light
  • Oral steroids
  • Oral immunosuppressants
  • Injectable biologic therapy

 

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