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Eczema

How to clear eczema?

Eczema is a general term when the skin becomes red, irritated, and itchy. You are more prone to have eczema if your parents or family has a history of eczema and allergic conditions like asthma and hay fever.

Eczema is not contagious; therefore it does not spread from one person to another.

What is the difference between eczema and dermatitis?

The word dermatitis means inflammation of the skin. Eczema is a general term for skin inflammation (dermatitis) and both words are used interchangeably.

Causes

Eczema can be triggered by certain substances such as soaps, detergents, cosmetics, jewellery, or preservatives in products. If the doctor believes there is a possible cause, you may be advised to have allergy testing performed such as prick testing or Allergy patch testing.

Signs and Symptoms

Eczema presents as dry/ weepy red, scaly skin and commonly itches or burns. It occurs on the face, neck, and the insides of the elbows, knees, and ankles but can be generalised. There are different types of eczema and each presents differently.

Treatment

Treatment of eczema aims at keeping the skin moist by applying creams or ointments. Corticosteroid creams are commonly prescribed to decrease the inflammation. If itching is severe, tablets may need to be prescribed to control the inflammation.

What is Dr Aron’s eczema treatment? Who uses Dr Aron’s cream in Adelaide?

I first heard about Dr Aron’s eczema cream after a patient asked me about it and I have to admit I had never heard of him or this treatment. After a quick search on the internet, realised he is a South African dermatologist. Dr Aron’s cream is essentially a combination of an antibiotic together with diluted steroid cream. It isn’t omething new but not a combination commonly used in Australia.

Does it work? Well, I wrote a script in an ointment base (cause ALL creams sting) for my son who has chronic eczema and yes, it does work and much quicker than I expected. Is it a cure, absolutely not!

Conclusion – Great alternative and works very quickly. However once the skin is clear please stop and start applying a moisturiser.

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