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eczma

If you suffer from Eczema you are not alone. In 2005, it was estimated that approximately 5.8 million adults and children in the UK were affected by this skin condition. This represents a 42% increase in the condition over the previous 5 year period. The reason for the increase is not known although there are plenty of theories.

You may find, like most suffers, that exposure to sunlight helps improve your Eczema, although some people can find sun exposure can aggravate the condition. Whatever your experience effective treatments are available and our experienced doctors all have a specialist interest in dermatology and so are experts on providing advice on these treatments

The symptoms

The symptoms of eczema can include:

  • Dry cracked skin
  • Inflammation
  • Itching
  • Blistering
  • Thickening in places as a result of scratching
  • Skin infections

The causes

The exact causes of eczema are not fully understood. What is known is that the condition is not contagious so you can’t infect somebody with eczema. There does appear to be some genetic element to the disease as often several family members will be effected.

Eczema is an atopic disease which means you have a predisposition to developing other allergic hypersensitivity conditions like asthma and hay fever. You may find certain foods, chemicals or conditions can trigger an eczema episode. These can include

  • Pollen, moulds and house mite dust
  • Chemicals is shampoos, soaps and detergents
  • Stress and worry
  • Certain materials like wool
  • Being run down or tired
  • Your menstrual cycle or pregnancy
  • Extreme temperatures and humidity

The treatments

Your Eczema can be treated in a number of ways. This can include:





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