Our specialist dermatologists at SouthDerm, Kogarah, Sydney, are able to help you treat and manage eczema. There is no known cure for eczema, so treatments are aimed at healing the skin and minimising further flare-ups.
Eczema – also known as atopic dermatitis – is a recurring skin condition in which areas of skin become red, itchy, scaly and red. In some cases the skin breaks open and may weep, bleed and crust over. The skin may also become infected. Eczema can occur anywhere on the body but is often seen in the elbow creases, behind the knees, on the neck, hands, ankles and face.
Eczema is a common disorder that affects one in three Australians. It often begins in childhood and may disappear as children grow, but some people experience eczema into adulthood.
The exact cause of eczema is unknown, but it often runs in families. A family history of eczema, hay fever (rhinitis) or asthma is a strong predictor of eczema. All three conditions are known as atopic diseases.
Eczema can be triggered by many allergens including moulds, grasses, pollen, pet hair, house dust mites, soaps (including bubble bath), shampoos and washing powders. Cosmetics and perfumes may also aggravate the condition. Other irritants include tobacco smoke, chemicals, sand, air conditioning or overheating. Certain types of clothing including garments made from wool or nylon can irritate the skin. Hot and humid weather or cold dry conditions can also trigger flare-ups of eczema. Some people find that certain foods or stress cause eczema outbreaks, although food allergies are a rare cause of eczema. Food groups should never be withheld unless a person has a confirmed food allergy identified on allergy testing by a dermatologist.
There are a number of ways to treat eczema and the SouthDerm specialist dermatologists can help. Click on the treatment tab at the top of this section for more information on eczema treatments.
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There is no known cure for eczema, so treatments are aimed at healing the skin and minimising further flare-ups.
More severe cases of eczema may require stronger medications or phototherapy treatment. These options will be discussed with you during your consultation at SouthDerm.
We service Sydney, the southern suburbs of Sydney, Kogarah, St George and Sutherland Shire areas.
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