As the weather cools down, we often see an increase in the number of patients presenting with eczema. And it’s all because of the long hot showers!
Patients with eczema generally have dry, sensitive skin. Common trigger factors are changes in the weather and season; irritants such as soap, detergents, water as well as perfumed products. Often patients also have allergies which also encompass predispositions to asthma and hayfever.
The basis of all successful eczema treatment is the avoidance of long showers, avoiding soap (using gentle soap free wash is ok) and being liberal with the use of moisturisers. Repair of the skin barrier is essential to good eczema control. Mainstays of treatment include the use of suitable anti-inflammatory topical steroids and steroid sparing creams. For more severe cases, oral medications which suppress the immune system may be suitable as well as phototherapy treatment. The latest treatments include injection treatments know as biologics.
Eczema treatments should be tailored to each patient’s condition and our Dermatologists are able to provide you with a suitable treatment plan.