Dr Jeremy Banky, Specialist Dermatologist, Melbourne

Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

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Eczema is a recurring, inflammatory skin condition most commonly seen in people with a family history of an atopic disorder, including asthma or hay fever.

Periorbital eczemaThe skin becomes red, dry, itchy and scaly, and in severe cases, may weep, bleed and crust over, causing much discomfort. The skin may secondarily become infected.

Eczema can behave like a roller-coaster – having ups and downs, i.e. flare-ups and then subsides. Both internal (genetics, food allergies, stress) and external (overheating, soaps, house dust mite) factors play a role.

 

Although eczema affects all ages, it usually appears in early childhood. Most children grow out of the condition, but a percentage may experience eczema into adulthood. Adult onset eczema also occurs, and is also caused by a number of factors.

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There are a number of treatments available for eczema including topical creams and ointments, ultra-violet light, oral medications and sometimes hospitalisation. Dr Banky will discuss these options with you and prescribe the best treatment for your eczema.

 
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