Eczema Q & A

Who gets eczema?

Anyone can develop eczema however it is most common in people with a family history of asthma, eczema or hayfever.

Can you cure eczema?

There is currently no cure for eczema. Many children will grow out of the condition but if you are born with the predisposition to develop the condition you will always have it in your system and it may be triggered at any time.

What are the symptoms of eczema?

Eczema is a very individual condition affecting everyone differently.  There are however some symptoms that are common to everyone with eczema: Red rash, itchiness, dry skin and flaky skin.

What detergent should you use to wash your clothes in?

It is impossible to say what detergent (if any) you will be sensitive to.  It is therefore a good idea to select a mild detergent.  As it is often the detergent residue left in the clothes rather than the detergent itself it is important to double rinse clothes.

Is it true you will grow out of eczema?

Most children with eczema will grow out of the condition by the time they start school.  There is no telling which children will grow out of it and who will take it on into adulthood.

What is the most common form of eczema?

Atopic eczema is the most common form of eczema and it affects predominantly babies and children.  Atopic eczema tends to run in families and is allergy based.

Can you develop eczema as an adult even if you did not have it as a child?

Yes, you can develop eczema at any age.

How Can I Get Rid Of Hand Eczema?

Hand eczema or dermatitis is very common and is usually the result of coming into direct contact with something you are allergic or sensitive to.  Avoiding contact with the irritant is the best way to get rid of your hand eczema however this is not always as easy as it sounds.

Do I have Eczema or Dermatitis?

There is a good deal of confusion over the difference between eczema and dermatitis.  They both broadly mean skin inflammation.  Many doctors use the two terms interchangeably.


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