Eczema & Dermatitis Treatment
Whether your eczema is acute, chronic, inflamed or itchy, LINIA Skin Clinic can provide you with the treatment you require, to help ease your discomfort.
What is eczema?
The terms eczema is used to describe two forms of skin condition the most simplistic being any form of rash-like skin condition, the other being atopic dermatitis, which is a chronic condition that usually begins during infancy.
Some individuals outgrow the condition as they reach maturity, though many continue to suffer from eczema throughout their adult lives.
Fed up suffering with Eczema? fill in our consultation request form today and one of our expert team will be happy to sit down and discuss the perfect treatment plan to suit you
What is the main cause of eczema?
The specific cause of eczema remains unknown, though many medical professionals and studies suggest it can be tied to a combination of hereditary, immune system and environmental factors. Such environmental factors include:
- Irritants – such as soaps, washing detergents and certain foods.
- Allergens – like food allergies, pollen, pets and dust mites.
- Adverse temperatures – high and low humidity, and hot weather.
- Hormones – many women can experience more severe eczema symptoms during times of hormone fluctuation such as in pregnancy and at certain points in their menstrual cycle.
As such, there may be a variety of eczema causes for different people.
What are the different types of eczema?
While there are some common symptoms for the various types of eczema, there are some differences too.
The common skin conditions and issues people with most types of eczema complain about are:
- dryness of the skin
- red and irritated skin
- scaly and flakey skin
- Itchy skin and skin irritation
Beyond that, there are seven different types of eczema with varying symptoms. These are:
- Atopic dermatitis
The most common type of eczema which tends to manifest in children. It can disappear, or at the very least become milder as you become an adult. Up to 80% of people with atopic dermatitis also have hay fever and athsma too.
- Dyshidrotic eczema
This form is more common in women and presents itself as blisters on your hands and/or feet. These blisters can be painful, itchy and flakey.
- Contact dermatitis
As the name suggests, this form is usually caused by contact with things you may be allergic to. The reaction can be internal or external. An internal example might be people whose immune systems give bad reactions to certain materials. An external example could be chemical cleaning products that irritate your skin.
- Eczema on hands
Another common form of eczema which only affects the hands. If not genetic, this form most affects people who have chemicals or irritants that come into contact with their hands like hairdressers or cleaners.
- Stasis dermatitis
This type actually presents itself more in the form of aching legs and varicose veins, rather than itching and dry skin. Stasis Dermatitis occurs due to vein valves becoming damaged and blood/fluid leaks causing swollen, rope-like veins. The skin around these areas may become itchy and suffer dryness too.
Very similar to the common Atopic dermatitis, causing flaking and scaly patching on your skin. These can happen all over the body but usually the extremities like hands, feet and even genitals but legs and arms also may suffer. These patches of skin can be irritating and painful, especially when itched to the point that they bleed.
- Nummular eczema
This type of eczema looks different from the other forms. Nummular is taken from the latin word, “coin”. This is because the condition presents as round, coin-like patches of very itchy, dry skin. Often, this type of eczema is caused by a reaction to something – such as an allergy to chemicals, certain materials or bites from insects.
What are the symptoms of eczema?
The most common manifestation of eczema is the appearance of dry and scaly patches appearing on the skin.
These areas are often intensely itchy, during childhood the most common areas affected are the scalp, cheeks, elbows and knees.
During adulthood if the symptoms continue these rashes are most commonly found in creases between limbs such as the elbow, behind the knees and between the buttocks and thigh.
Treatments for eczema
Despite there being no cure for eczema, treatment for the condition aims to help reduce the irritation of the rash and heal the affected skin preventing further eczema flare ups.
Here at LINIA Skin we use a number of treatment plans to help during times of flare up, reducing your itch and providing fast relief, but as every case is different we always recommend a consultation with our expert dermatologist to help identify the perfect treatment plan for you.
Our treatments include:
- Topical corticosteroid cream and ointments – these work by providing an anti-inflammatory response, relieving skin inflammation and itchiness.
- Barrier repair moisturisers – help reduce water loss from the skin and help in its recovery.
- Antihistamines – which help by reducing histamine levels and therefore relieving the itching sensation.
- Phototherapy – this is used to treat mild to moderate eczema cases and involves exposure of the affected areas to ultraviolet A or B waves.
What is the best treatment for eczema?
As there are currently no known cures for eczema, it would be unfair to call one treatment the best. There are various triggers for this condition, so it’s about finding the right treatment for you.
All of the treatments listed above are effective to some degree but your best option is to book a consultation for a personalised treatment plan for your specific skin condition and severity.
So, if you’re fed up with suffering, fill in our consultation request form on the right or underneath this article today and one of our expert team will be happy to sit down and discuss the perfect treatment plan to suit your needs.
Is eczema chronic or acute?
It depends on the type of eczema but Atopic dermatitis, the most common, tends to be chronic (lasts a long time). 80% of people who have atopic dermatitis also have hay fever or asthma.
Though for some sufferers, eczema flare ups happen only occasionally and disappear for a period. Some people go years without experiencing another episode.
As no cure has been discovered for people with eczema, it falls into the chronic category.
Can you develop eczema?
Yes, adults can develop eczema even if they never experienced a flare-up as a young child.
Is eczema Itchy?
Yes, the most common forms of eczema can be very itchy. It’s a catch 22 since scratching can make the rash on the skin worse and even cause skin infections as a result.
Some options eczema sufferers use to soothe irritation and prevent a skin infection are:
- Aloe vera
- Heavily diluted bleach bath (1 teaspoon per 5 litres of water)
- Coconut oil
- Gentler soaps and detergents (fragrance free, exfoliant free etc)
- Cold compresses