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Eczema (sometimes referred to as dermatitis) is one of the most common inflammatory diseases of the skin that can affect all ages. Typical eczema symptoms are usually extremely dry, red and itchy skin that is incredibly irritating. Constant scratching can lead to infection of the skin which can worsen the eczema and sometimes cause scarring.
An experienced dermatologist can diagnose eczema by clinical examination and usually, no other investigations are necessary. If the eczema looks unusual, a skin biopsy may be recommended. Skin swabs and blood tests may also be part of the investigation. If an allergy is suspected, patch testing can be performed to identify the allergen.
There are many different types of eczema, for example, it may be hereditary (atopic eczema) or non-hereditary such as:
Atopic eczema is very common in children affecting 1:5. The term atopy refers to a group of diseases that are inherited through the same genes (eczema, asthma, and hayfever).
The treatment required for eczema depends on the severity, areas of the skin involved and the presence of infection, therefore a personalised eczema treatment regime is often needed.
Patient education is extremely important. Appropriate topical treatments including steroids and other anti-inflammatory creams and emollients +/- antibiotics are often sufficient to control eczema but occasionally steroid tablets or other medication may be required.
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