Eczema

About

Patients with eczema can be seen in our dermatology clinics at Charing Cross, Hammersmith and St Mary’s hospitals.

Eczema is the term used to describe changes in the upper layer of the skin that include redness, blistering, oozing, crusting, scaling, thickening and sometimes pigmentation, although not all of these changes will necessarily occur together. The words eczema and dermatitis are interchangeable and mean the same thing. Atopic (hyperallergic) eczema is an inflammatory condition of the skin.

Conditions and treatments

We treat eczema in a number of ways, incuding:

  • Moisturisers and topical steroids
  • Antibiotics
  • Antiseptics
  • Topical immunosuppressants (treatment applied to skin to reduce immune response)
  • Antihistamines (to reduce allergic response)
  • Bandaging (dressings)
  • Ultraviolet light
  • Oral steroids
  • Azathioprine (immunosuppressant)
  • Ciclosporin (immunosuppressant)

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