03 Jul 10 Truths about Eczema

Many myths have been told about eczema. Here are some interesting truths about eczema that will dispel some of these…

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One of the most common skin conditions… Eczema affects 1 in 5 children & 1 in 12 adults in the UK

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Common triggers include: soaps, weather, moulds, pet fur, pollen, food allergies – i.e. eggs, peanuts, soya

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Causes of eczema are likely to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors

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A personal or family history of allergies, hay fever or asthma is a primary risk factor for the development of eczema. If a parent has eczema, the child is more likely to also develop it

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Can affect any part of the skin, but most commonly bends of elbows & knees, wrists & neck

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Adults can develop eczema… even if it was absent during their childhood

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There are many different types of eczema… and these include Atopic, Contact Dermatitis, Discoid, Seborrhoeic, Varicose or Stasis eczema, with Atopic being the most common form

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Eczema is not contagious…you cannot catch eczema!

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Affected skin commonly appears red, dry, itchy and sometimes bleeds when broken

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No cure, but majority of cases improve for children when they become teenagers… most eczema cases can be managed by a good routine of regular emollient therapy

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