Eczema is a long-term condition which causes the skin to become dry, red, itchy, and cracked. It is most common in children and can improve over time, although many adults find that they still have flare-ups of eczema during periods of stress.
The most common form of eczema is atopic eczema, which can affect any part of the body but is often found inside the elbows, knees, on the neck, hands, cheeks, and scalp. The cause of atopic eczema is unknown, but it often runs alongside other conditions including asthma and hay fever, and flare-ups are triggered by things such as soap, laundry detergent, stress, the weather, and occasionally food allergies.
Other types of eczema include:
- Discoid eczema: This occurs in oval or circular patches on the skin
- Varicose eczema: Most commonly affects the lower legs and is caused by circulation problems
- Contact dermatitis: This occurs when the skin comes into contact with a particular substance
- Seborrhoeic eczema: Red, scaly patches develop on the scalp, ears, eyebrows, and the sides of the nose
- Pompholyx eczema: Characterised by tiny blisters that erupt on the palms of the hands
Although eczema isn’t a life-threatening skin rash, it can impinge on the quality of life of the sufferer significantly, and the appearance of the rashes can cause embarrassment. Flare-ups of eczema can be very itchy and uncomfortable; scratching the skin provides immediate short-term relief, but ultimately prolongs the problem by introducing bacteria to the broken skin and causing further infection and inflammation.
Here at The Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic we specialise in treating skin conditions and rashes including eczema. We can provide you with a course of eczema treatments to deal with flare-ups and ongoing symptoms, as well as providing advice on how you can manage your eczema and minimise flare-ups in the future.
There have been recent advances in the types of treatment for eczema that are available. Topical ointments and emollients can help to clear up an existing rash, whilst specialist moisturisers can help to prevent the skin from drying out. Oral treatments can also be prescribed to help clear a flare-up and aid in the long-term management of the condition.
Dermatologists are expert specialists, not only of the skin, but also of allergic conditions such as contact dermatitis, hair problems such as alopecia (hair loss), nail problems such as fungal nail conditions etc.
If you have concerns about any of these areas, please call to make an appointment to see one of our specialists, as we are the only clinic in East Kent with consultant dermatologists heading the team.
Your appointments are never rushed. We will take time to explain the procedures to you, make a personalised assessment of your needs and agree a treatment plan to suit you.
We have clients from all over Kent including Ashford, Deal, Dover, Folkestone, Margate, Ramsgate, Hythe, Whitstable, Faversham, Sittingbourne, Sheppey, Maidstone and further afield.
Please call our friendly, helpful team on 01227 472288 if you would like to make an appointment or use our online booking system here.