Your most common eczema questions, answered
What is eczema?
Eczema is the name for a group of conditions that cause the skin to become itchy, inflamed, or have a rash-like appearance. There are seven types of eczema: atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, asteatotic eczema, nummular eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, and stasis dermatitis.
Why has my baby developed eczema?
The exact cause of eczema is unknown. Researchers do know that children who develop eczema do so because of a combination of genes and environmental triggers.
Why has my baby’s skin become so dry?
A baby’s skin is very delicate and may react quickly to certain substances. Soap does not need to be used and unfortunately some of the products we buy to put in the baby’s water which state they do not contain soap still can dry out and irritate the skin. If in doubt, use plain water and moisturise after bathing.
Can eczema be cured?
There are many types and causes of eczema, and often eczema can settle and clear if the causative factor is taken away. However, there is a type of eczema called Atopic Eczema, which is genetic and which the child may grow out of, often before the age of 8 years. Some children never grow out of it however and have it through to adulthood, although it can be managed with the right treatment
What is the best treatment for eczema?
There are many treatments for eczema ranging from moisturisers, topical steroid creams and treatments which work on the immune system called immunomodulators.
The best person to speak to is either your doctor or dermatology specialist who will prescribe the correct treatment for you or your child.
Are steroid creams dangerous?
If used correctly and instructions followed then steroid creams have many beneficial effects. If used long term then steroid creams can cause stretch marks and thinning of the skin and therefore should only be used under the guidance of a doctor or a specialist.