Eczema is a skin condition with a varied presentation. A combination of factors may influence if a person develops eczema. A common form is atopic dermatitis, which typically begins in infancy or early childhood but can occur in adulthood. It is important to understand that this condition is not contagious. As many as 10% to 20% of people may have atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is long lasting (chronic) and those that are affected experience periodic flares. It may be associated with those who have had asthma or allergic rhinitis.


Those affected usually have dry and flaky skin. Scratching causes damage to the skin and leads to redness and oozing. The itch may become worse and cause sleep disruption. When severe, it may become swollen, painful and affect more areas of your skin.

Dry and flaky skin

Redness and oozing


As every individual has different triggers for their eczema, a thorough evaluation will be done with your doctor. In severe cases, medications that help to target the immune pathway causing atopic dermatitis can be used.

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Following the diagnosis, our dermatologists will discuss a personalised treatment plan with you. It is important to know that regular maintenance treatment, good skincare habits and routines are required to keep eczema under control.

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