Eczema (atopic dermatitis) Treatment

Eczema (atopic dermatitis) Treatment

Eczema (or atopic dermatitis), is characterised by very dry, inflamed patches of skin. It is very common and can be severe for some children and adults.

The team at The Dermatology Clinic understand that as well as being painful and itchy, eczema can affect sleep and quality of life and have a significant psychological impact – but there’s lots we can do. Get in touch today to find out how we can help.


About eczema

Eczema is a common inflammatory skin condition predominantly found in children, although it can occur at any age. It is often an allergic reaction characterised by itching, redness, swelling and scratch marks, but persistent scratching of the eczema can cause the skin to thicken, darken and become scaly.

Types of eczema

If you or your child are suffering with any of the above conditions, our consultant dermatologists team appreciate exactly how much of a burden it is putting on your life. You may feel constantly distracted by itching, or self-conscious due to the appearance of your eczema. We understand this and our clinic offers a number of eczema treatment options to ease your symptoms and help regain your confidence.

Eczema treatment

Eczema treatment can be divided into three broad categories. The treatment recommended will be tailored for you depending on the type and severity of your condition and may incorporate elements of all three categories listed below.

1 Topical treatments

These treatments include creams to soothe irritated skin and reduce redness and swelling, such as:

  • Emollients to calm the itching and soften your skin
  • Soap substitutes to use whilst bathing
  • Steroid creams to reduce inflammation
  • Tacrolimus to control flare-ups

2 Phototherapy eczema

During phototherapy treatment, we will deliver precise doses of ultraviolet light using a special medical machine to directly reduce itching and inflammation.

3 Systematic medication

If your eczema is severe or life-limiting, we may prescribe systematic medications to reduce your symptoms. These are taken orally and include azathioprine, ciclosporin, methotrexate and prednisolone.

Eczema can be a distressing problem and you shouldn’t have to suffer when over the counter products don’t work. Our team of dermatologist can expertly assess the severity of your eczema and help you achieve effective results.

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