Eczema refers to a red, scaly, itchy, sometimes weeping skin condition. Atopy refers to an allergic condition that tends to run in families and includes problems such as asthma, hay fever, atopic eczema and skin sensitivities. However, anyone can become allergic.
Atopic eczema is common and effects about 5% of the population. It is not contagious. No particular cause have been found.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF ECZEMA?
In mild cases the skin is slightly red, scaly, and itchy and covers small areas. In infants, it usually starts on the face and scalp; in severe cases it can cover large areas, is very itchy and starts to weep and become crusted. The children may be very irritable, and uncomfortable.
WHAT AGES ARE AFFECTED?
Eczema usually starts in infants from any age. It tends to improve from 1- 2 years old, but the rash may persist in certain areas, such as the flexures of the elbows and knees, the face and neck, and the fingers and toes. It tends to be coarse, dry and itchy at this stage. Many children have outgrown it by late childhood, most by puberty, but a few have it all their lives.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF ECZEMA?
It is not a dangerous disease, but infection can occur from scratching, especially if the skin is raw. Contact with herpes simplex (cold sores) can produce nasty reactions. Patients have a tendency to develop asthma and other atopies later.
WHAT THINGS APPEAR TO AGGRAVATE OR CAUSE ECZEMA?
· Sand, especially sandpits
· Soaps and detergents
· Rough and woollen clothes
· Scratching and rubbing
· Frequent washing with soap, especially in winter
· Drying preparations such as calamine lotion
· Extremes of temperature, especially cold weather with low humidity
· Stress and emotional upsets
· Certain foods which parents may identify
Note: The relationship of diet to eczema is controversial and uncertain. It may be worthwhile avoiding certain suspect foods for a 3-4 week trial - these include cows' milk, fish, eggs, wheat, oranges and peanuts.
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WHAT ABOUT SKIN TESTS AND INJECTIONS?
The value of allergy testing is doubtful, and desensitisation injections may make the eczema worse.
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT FOR ECZEMA?
MEDICAL HELP (Eczema Creams)
Your doctor, who should be consulted if you are concerned, may prescribe antihistamine medicine for the allergy and sedation, special moisturising creams and lotions, antibiotics for infection (if present) and milder dilute corticosteroid creams, which can be very effective.
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