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9 Signs Of Eczema & How to Treat It

The Irish Skin Foundation describe eczema as a 'very common, non-contagious, skin condition that affects one in ten children and one in 20 adults in Ireland. 

It is an inflammatory skin disease where the skin becomes red, dry, itchy or scaly and may even weep, bleed or crust over. It can be infected by bacteria or viruses. The word eczema comes from a Greek word that means to effervesce or bubble or boil over.'
 

Here are 9 ways to spot if you or your child might have eczema:

  1. They complain of an intense itch, or you see them constantly scratching at one or more parts of their body
  2. They have very dry, sensitive skin
  3. Their skin is red and inflamed
  4. They have a recurring rash
  5. You notice scaly areas of skin on their body
  6. They have rough, leathery patches of skin
  7. Some of their sores ooze or crust
  8. They have areas of swelling from intense itching
  9. You notice the skin flares if your child is feeling unwell
 

Emollient therapy is the mainstay of eczema treatment. A top tip is to moisturise your baby at every nappy change if they are prone to eczema. Always apply emollient in a downward motion or in the direction of hair growth.

(Katherine Eve, Skin Care Specialist) 

How to treat eczema:

The skin needs to be constantly moisturised to protect the skin and to prevent further dryness. A good daily skin care routine is essential to manage the condition. For many, moisturising regularly is not enough. Here are some other treatments that your GP or dermatologist may recommend:

  • Steroids
  • Antihistamines
  • Wet Wraps
  • Phototherapy
  • Antibiotics
  • Topical Immunosuppressants
  • Other Therapies

Do you, or anyone in your family, have eczema? How do you treat it?

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Destinee Fiorentino
Both of my girls had bad eczema that started when they were about a month old. My first daughter's cleared right up with hydrocortisone cream in a day, but my second's was much more stubborn. We tried hydrocortisone for several days, emollient creams, special soaps. Nothing worked. I bought Foderma serum as a last-ditch effort to clear her skin up, and what a difference! It worked so well, and so fast. Within 24 hours there was a marked improvement in her skin and in her temperament. We use it now on both girls, and it's great.
15/05/2017 12:24:31

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