Eczema is a type of inflammation of the skin characterised by dryness (can be wet as well), redness, itch and scales. It is usually chronic and not related to food.
Types of Eczema
There are a number of types of eczema. Atopic dermatitis is most common in children but can also affect adults of all ages. Whilst many children grow out of eczema they may have a tendency to dry, sensitive skin in adulthood. Other types of eczema include allergic contact dermatitis and irritant contact dermatitis. Dandruff is a type of seborrheic eczema.
Treatment of Eczema
Eczema treatment can be complex and comprises of a maintenance skin care programme to reduce the incidence of flares as well as treatment for the acute episodes. Topical steroids have been the mainstay of treatment for eczema. The Doctor will discuss with you what type of Eczema you have and how to use topical steroid treatment in a totally safe manner which will not harm the skin.