Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition that causes the skin to become dry, cracked and itchy. It happens when the skin is unable to retain moisture. The most common type of eczema is called atopic eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis) and it is more common in children than adults, often developing before the age of one. However, adults can also develop this skin problem. 

  • Figures from the National Eczema Society suggest that one in five children and one in ten adults in the UK have eczema
  • Three-quarters of children grow out of it by the time they are teenagers
  • It can run in families, and is more common in people who also suffer from asthma and hay fever

Frequently Asked Questions

Triggers are varied and specific to the individual but can include exposure to irritants, allergies, hormonal changes, wearing certain fabrics or other environmental factors.

During your appointment, our qualified health professionals will discuss your possible triggers and the treatment options available to you.

There is no cure for eczema and it is usually a long-term condition However, with the right treatment many sufferers find that their symptoms improve significantly over time.

 In some cases, eczema can clear up completely as children get older. 

Eczema is a particularly individual condition. Patches of dry skin can appear on any part of the body, but atopic eczema is especially common on the hands, insides of the elbows, backs of the knees and insides of the elbows, as well as on the face and scalp of children.

Pharmacy+Health makes it simpler and quicker to get the treatment you need. Find out more about the cost of a consultation on our Eczema Service page.