Eczema is an itchy, dry skin condition. Normally eczema is cause by a genetic predisposition to inflammation and an impaired skin barrier function. Patients with eczema often have a personal or family history of other atopic conditions such as asthma or hay fever. There are many factors that can cause eczema flare-ups; these include, stress, air-borne allergens and contact allergens, infections and sunlight.
Fortunately, most patients with eczema can now be treated effectively. Dr. Ophelia will develop a clear skincare plan and, in those with milder eczema, she may recommend the use of a regular emollient (moisturiser). For those with more significant disease, active topical treatments can be effective. In some cases a reducing regimen and maintenance therapy is the key to controlling the skin inflammation and reduce the flaring pattern that may occur. For those with more severe disease, light therapy, oral or injection immunosuppressants are highly effective treatments.