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What does Eczema mean?

I’ve just been diagnosed with eczema. What does a diagnosis of eczema mean?


First off, you’re not alone. Eczema is a fairly common condition, affecting 11-20% of children and 5-10% of adults in the United Kingdom. Most are diagnosed with eczema during their childhood, usually before their first birthday. However, it may also start later in life for those who did not have the condition when they were younger.


Eczema, also known as atopic eczema or atopic dermatitis, is the name given to a condition which causes the skin to become itchy, dry, and cracked. The exact cause of eczema remains unknown, however it is known to run in families and often develops alongside other conditions, such as asthma and hay fever. There are also certain triggers for the condition, such as soap, the weather, and pollen counts, although this varies from person to person.


Whilst no current cure exists for the condition, there are many different treatments that can be used to control symptoms and manage eczema. These can include applying moisturising treatments on a daily basis for dry skin, using topical corticosteroids during flare-ups to manage swelling and itching, and trying to reduce scratching behaviours and avoiding exposure to triggers.


The last part is where eczamine comes in. We firmly believe that by learning each and every person’s unique eczema condition, we can help minimise their exposures to triggers and flag potential flare-ups in advance, helping them to live a relatively flare-up free life and take back control of their skin.

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