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Eczema treatment

Eczema is a skin condition that leads to red, flaky and dry skin. We look at what treatment can help you manage your eczema.

Atopic eczema is a skin condition that causes the skin to become itchy, red, flaky and dry. It is most commonly found on the creases of the elbows, back of the knees and one the hands and can cause significant discomfort and disruption to daily life.

It is a long lasting disease that can occur at any age but is commonly found in young children.

Following a clinical examination by a consultant dermatologist you may require one or more of several types of treatment options to manage the eczema. These may include:

  • Topical emollients (moisturisers) to keep the skin moist and acting as an effective barrier;
  • Topical steroid creams to treat itching, redness, soreness and weeping;
  • Topical calcineurin inhibitors (an alternative to steroid creams);
  • Antiseptic preparations to reduce bacteria on the skin;
  • Bandages or dressing to help the creams to penetrate and to protect the skin;
  • Antibiotic creams if the skin is infected;
  • Phototherapy;
  • Treatment with ultraviolet light, either UVA or UVB to reduce itching and improve the eczema;
  • Systemic medications and
  • Antibiotic creams or tablets, if the skin is infected.

There are a number of immunosuppressive medications for patients with severe eczema, which are prescribed by consultant dermatologists with close supervision and monitoring

Eczema is a long-term condition that requires managing on an on-going basis. Treatment can help to control and reduce the symptoms when they occur and to reduce the likelihood and severity of flare ups.


Specialists offering Eczema treatment

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Dr Sandy Flann

Consultant Dermatologist

MBBS, BSc (HONS), MSc (Allergy), MRCP (UK) (DERM)

Chelsfield Park Hospital

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Dr Shamali Hoque

Consultant Dermatologist

MBBS MRCP BSc Pharmacology (First Class Honours)

The Blackheath Hospital 1 more The Sloane Hospital

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Dr Annette Loffeld

Consultant Dermatologist

Medical state exam, MBBS equivalent, FRCP

The Priory Hospital

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Dr Marie-Louise Daly

Consultant Dermatologist

BSc, MB, BCh, MPhil (Cantab), MRCP (London)

The Blackheath Hospital

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