Eczema / Dermatitis
The names eczema and dermatitis are used interchangeably to describe dry skin and recurring rashes that can either be inherited (endogenous), triggered by environmental factors (exogenous), or a combination of both. Eczema, as we will call it here, affects an estimated 3.5% of people around the world. At ID+LC we are experienced in treating all forms of eczema and supporting patients to manage chronic or recurring conditions.
If eczema runs in your family, it’s most likely atopic eczema, a fairly common condition that can affect people of any age. Aside from avoiding standard soap and ensuring skin is well moisturised, we may recommend a range of treatments depending on the severity of your condition, from steroid creams to phototherapy (narrow band UVB) to other medications such as Pimecrolimus and Cyclosporin A, an immunosuppressive drug used in organ transplants.
Identifying Causes, tailored Treatment Plans
At ID+LC we can perform patch tests to determine if your eczema is caused by an allergy and identify what triggers it. Contact irritant eczema is another common form of eczema. It usually appears on your hands, and can be caused by the overuse of soap. In a community such as the Illawarra, where there is a good deal of heavy engineering, we’ve noticed that cutting oils and diesel are common irritants.
We can treat allergy or irritant eczema by helping you avoid the irritant and/or allergen and recommending the best moisturiser or steroid creams to treat your specific condition.