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What is Eczema?
Atopic eczema (atopic dermatitis) is the most common form of eczema, a condition that causes the skin to become:
Atopic eczema is more common in children, often developing before their first birthday. However, it may also develop in adults for the first time .
It’s usually a long-term (chronic) condition, although it can improve significantly, or even clear completely, in some children as they get older.
Although probably a lot easier said than done. It is shown that self-control in particular reducing the urge to scratch and avoiding triggers can significantly help improve symptoms!
The exact cause of atopic eczema is unknown, but it’s clear it is not down to one single thing.
Atopic eczema often occurs in people who get allergies – “atopic” means sensitivity to allergens. Some common causes and risk factors include:
- A significant family history of Eczema
- Co-existence with asthma and/or hay-fever
- Triggers – allergens, soaps, detergents
- The weather seems to cause it in some people
Allergy tests aren’t usually needed, although they’re sometimes helpful in identifying whether a food allergy may be triggering symptoms.
Some people only have small patches of dry skin, but others may experience widespread red, inflamed skin all over the body.
Common areas for Eczema include:
- Inside of the elbows
- Back of the knees
- Scalp in children
People with atopic eczema usually have periods when symptoms are less noticeable, as well as periods when symptoms become more severe (flare-ups).
When to see a GP
See your GP if you have symptoms of atopic eczema. They’ll usually be able to diagnose atopic eczema by looking at your skin and asking questions about the nature of your rash, history and contributing factors.
Typically if diagnosed with Eczema, our GP will help manage your symptoms. Many different treatments can be used to control symptoms and manage eczema, including:
- Emollients for dry skin
- Topical corticosteroids for reducing redness/itching.
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