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Home GP Service for Eczema in Costa del Sol


Home GP Service for Eczema in Costa del Sol

Eczema, also known as 'Atopic Eczema' or 'Atopic dermatitis' is a very common form of eczema. This is a condition that can cause the patient's skin to be red, itchy, cracked and dry. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms please use the GP service for eczema in Costa del Sol.

Typically occuring in children, this type of eczema is also seen in adults who develop it for the first time. It is likely to clear almost completely the older the patient becomes.

What causes Eczema?

Atopic eczema can have a number of causes. Those who have very dry skin are much more likely to suffer from eczema. This is because their skin is not able to retain very much moisture. The dryness of the skin can make it more likely to react to some triggers. The reaction will make the skin itchy and red.

Some people inherit eczema from their parents. In fact, scientific research has shown that if a child has one or both parents who suffer from eczema they are very likely to develop it.

The good news is that atopic eczema is not infectious which means it cannot be passed from one person to another via direct contact.


The Symptoms of Eczema

Some of the symptoms experienced by patients include:


Itchy, cracked, sore, dry and red skin. There might be occasions when symptoms flare up. Incidences such as these can occur up to 3 times each month.

Atopic eczema can typically be found anywhere on the body. However, it is usually found on the hands, the back of the knees, the inside of elbows and on the scalp or face.

 

Those with mild eczema might only have very small areas of the skin that are itchy. However, in those with more severe cases, there might be inflamed skin and itching all over their body.

When you should call a GP


You should call our Home GP service for Eczema in Costa del Sol if you experience any of the following:

  • Fluid that is coming from your skin
  • A fever
  • Feeling Unwell
  • A yellow crust that's located on the skin's surface
  • Eczema that's getting worse
  • Sore and swollen skin
  • Small yellow / white spots appearing where the eczema is located

How to Treat Eczema

There are many ways to treat atopic eczema and these treatments can help to ease symptoms. While there is no cure for eczema, children who suffer from this condition are likely to see an improvement in it as they age.


Some of the treatments for eczema include:

  • Topical corticosteroids that help to reduce redness and swelling
  • Emollients that help to prevent the skin from becoming too dry
  • Antihistamines to help reduce the itching
  • Immunosuppressive drugs or topical creams for those sensitive areas that are not responding to treatment

You may also want to resist itching your eczema as it could cause infection. If you have to touch the eczema try rubbing it gently with your fingers. Also, make sure that your nails are short.

If your eczema is still quite bad please contact our GP Service for Eczema in Costa del Sol. You could be prescribed medication that might help you.