Red Itchy Skin
Eczema is a common skin condition that affects many people in the UK andcan be caused by genetics, environmental factors or a combination of the two. The superficial surface of the skin becomes inflamed making it red and itchy. The skin can crack, flake or blister with some people also experiencing oozing and bleeding. It is commonly found on the hands, face, elbows, behind the knees and at the base of the neck.
Eczema has a wide range of triggers. Many allergies can trigger an Eczema flare-up. Allergies to food, those caused by contact and allergic reactions to inhalants can all cause Eczema or exacerbate it. Common household products such as toothpaste or deodorant can also contain chemicals that can cause a flare-up. Stress itself does not cause Eczema but stress related behaviour can lead to it.
Eczema treatments concentrate on identifying triggers and relieving the symptoms of a flare-up as currently there is no cure. Emollient creams are often used but the best combination of systemic and topical treatments should be advised by a dermatologist. Allergy tests can be used to find the source of the problem which helps to minimise flare-ups.