What is Eczema?

Eczema is an extremely common skin condition which causes dryness, cracking, redness and itching, although this can vary between individuals and comes in numerous forms. What’s good to understand is that it isn’t contagious, which is a common misconception shared by many, in part due to the unsightly outward appearance of the condition. More severe cases of eczema can even lead to weeping and bleeding, which, as you can imagine, has a plethora of negative psychological and physical effects on sufferers day in, day out.

While notoriously difficult to resist, sufferers should do their best not to scratch their affected skin as this can increase the chances of bleeding and complications, such as in infection and scarring. Eczema affects male and female patients of all ages, but is more common among children, with one in five children and one in twelve adults in the UK suffering.

What Causes Eczema?

Even though eczema and contact dermatitis account for up to 90% of occupational skin diseases, it is still unclear as to the exact cause of this chronic skin condition. With that said, what we do know is that there isn’t ever one sole cause and is instead a culmination of a number of factors, including sensitive skin and allergies, and a family history of eczema or similar conditions. Certain triggers such as stress, weather, certain foods, detergents and other agents can also contribute to your symptoms.

Treating Eczema

While eczema can sometimes be managed and controlled through a topical skincare regimen, it can be hard to find the right products that really work for your eczema treatments. Most over-the-counter purchases offer little to no improvement, and finding one that does is like finding a needle in a haystack among such a saturate skincare market. Consulting with your GP would be the next step as they can offer your stronger, targeted prescription medications, but these can have adverse side effects on other aspects of your general health.

The only way to ensure real, effective results from eczema treatments is to consult with an expert in skincare, such as London Dermatologist – Dr Firas Al-Niaimi. Dr Firas is based in the heart of Harley Street, and offers a wide range of highly advanced skin rejuvenation treatments. Book your consultation today!