Overview

What is Eczema?

Eczema (or dermatitis) refers to a group of chronic inflammatory skin disorder that primarily involve the epidermis. Common characteristics of eczema include your skin looking dry, swollen, and red.

Symptoms

What are the signs of Eczema?

The signs and symptoms of eczema may include:

Dry, red, inflamed skin lesions that appear on face, neck, chest, elbows and knees

Dry, red, inflamed skin lesions that appear on face, neck, chest, elbows and knees

 Itching and/or oozing and crusting of lesions

Itching and/or oozing and crusting of lesions

Blistering of skin

Blistering of skin

Itchy skin

Itchy skin

Painful skin, with stinging or burning

Painful skin, with stinging or burning

Scaling of areas of skin that are scratched frequently

Scaling of areas of skin that are scratched frequently

Causes

What are the causes of Eczema?

Eczema is caused by a combination of factors like dry skin, environmental setting, and bacteria on the skin. It’s often genetic, as people with eczema tend to have a family history of eczema, allergies, or asthma. Other triggers that cause skin flare ups include:

Dry skin

Dry skin

Poor gut health

Poor gut health

Stress

Stress

Hormonal changes

Hormonal changes

Allergies

Allergies

Asthma

Asthma

Diagnosis

How do I know if I have Eczema?

If you have symptoms of dermatitis, your doctor can make a diagnosis by examining your skin. They may also request the following tests:

Allergy panel IgA, IgE, IgG and inhalants (blood)

Allergy panel IgA, IgE, IgG and inhalants (blood)

GI Mapping stool test

GI Mapping stool test

Find a Practitioner

See a list of practitioners who specialise in treating Eczema