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Eczema

Atopic eczema is the most common form of eczema, a condition that causes skin to become itchy dry and cracked. It’s more common in children but also may develop for the first time in adults.

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Common Symptoms

  • Itchy, dry, cracked and sore skin
  • Inflamed skin may become red on lighter skin, and dark brown, purple or grey on darker skin
  • It can be on any part of the body but most often affects the hands, inside of the elbows, back of knees ant the face or scalp in children

Treatment at home

  • Self-care techniques – reducing scratching and avoiding triggers
  • Emollients (moisturising treatments)
  • Topical corticosteroids – to reduce swelling, redness and itchiness

When should I book a GP?

  • You have had an itchy skin condition in the last 12 months and 3 or more of the following:
  • Irritated red skin in the creases of your skin (inside of elbows, back of knees)
  • A history of skin irritation
  • Generally dry skin
  • A history of asthma or hay fever
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