Did you know 1 in 3 children and over 1 million Australians have eczema?
What is eczema?
Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis) is a chronic inflammatory skin condition. It can often lead to sleep disturbance and infection. Eczema often starts in childhood and most kids will grow out of it by the time they turn five. There is no cure for eczema, but there are very good treatment options that can control the symptoms, alleviate the child’s suffering and reduce the impact it has on the family as a whole.
What causes eczema?
We are not quite sure what causes eczema. Genetic disposition, climate, allergies and pollution all play a role. As we have gone into the summer, heat can be a potent trigger.
What are the symptoms?
The classic symptom is a widespread itchy rash. It can involve any part of the body, but often involves the face, scalp, chest and back in a young infant, and in the arm or leg creases of a toddler.
How to treat eczema?
In order to manage eczema, it is very important to give proper daily skin treatment, use the correct topical cream, avoiding triggers and seek medical attention when appropriate.
Daily skin treatment
Triggers to avoid
During eczema flare
Skin infections secondary to eczema flare
Childhood eczema can be distressing. However, you can minimize the impact of eczema by avoiding the potential triggers, initiating the correct treatment early, and seeking medical attention when necessary.
Dr. Jason Yu Zhou (M.B.B.S, FRACGP, Diploma of Childhood Health) has a keen interest in various skin conditions including skin cancers, eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, and seborrheic dermatitis.
Patient – Atopic Eczema
Clinical Practice Guidelines – The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne
Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis) – Australisian society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy
Eczema management – The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne
This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied on as health or personal advice. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional.