Eczema is a chronic skin condition characterised by dry, inflamed skin. Eczema tends to run in families and appears when the skin barrier does not repair once it is disrupted by irritants.  Not only do hundreds of our adult patients suffer from this condition, many of our infant and child patients also endure the typical itching and soreness of eczema.  Perhaps some of our suggestions below can help sufferers find relief from this annoying condition.

Avoiding eczema outbreaks

Constant management and prompt treatment of eczema outbreaks is highly recommended. Some of the steps to help avoid an outbreak include:

  • Avoiding irritants. Heat, abrasive fabrics, washing powders, sand, soaps and hot water can all cause a flare-up
  • Apply a good quality, mild moisturiser 1-2 times a day
  • Use a very mild soap
  • Avoid long showers or baths as this can dry out skin

Controlling eczema flare-ups

Unfortunately sometimes no matter what you do, you cannot prevent an outbreak/flare. In this situation:

  • Swiftly control with the treatment recommended by your GP. Usually this will be a topical steroid or anti-inflammatory
  • Ointment-based treatments absorb better for thick eczema, and are more moisturising
  • Try and keep cool when in bed and in the car
  • To relieve itching, apply a cool damp towel and then a layer of moisturiser

If an eczema flare gets worse, we do recommend to see a doctor.

For further information:
http://www.rch.org.au/kidsinfo/fact_sheets/Eczema/