Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition, characterised by dry, itchy and red skin. It can affect both children and adults, and is very individual in nature. Childhood eczema is usually the ‘atopic’ type, which commonly starts in childhood, often runs in families, and is linked to allergies and other allergic conditions like asthma and hay fever. Eczema is normally visible on the face, hands or body, and whilst it can be very itchy it is not contagious.
This Highlight presents findings from studies looking at a range of treatments for childhood eczema. We also hear from parents and their children who have eczema, and gain a better understanding of caring for eczema direct from a GP and dermatologists, alongside the support provided by national organisations.
The findings boiled down, alongside practical questions to consider.
What are the implications of the research for current guidance?
What is the evidence for different treatment options for childhood eczema?
children in the UK has eczema, and 1 in 12 adults.
of children with atopic eczema are referred to a dermatologist for further advice
of children with atopic eczema are symptom free by adolescence
Magali Redding, September 18th
Patient, September 18th
Kate Sykes, September 18th
Hywel Williams and Kim Thomas, September 18th