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Right Arrow Chance to learn about eczema during National Eczema Week (18th – 25th September) - PR/26/0405
16 September 2004 at 14:14
Eczema is a common skin condition that affects one in 12 of the adult population and on firth of children in the UK. Because of this, the Trust’s Dermatology Team are offering help and advice during Eczema Awareness Week between 18th – 25th September.

Staff have organised an open afternoon at Asda Supermarket, Derby Road, Southport on Thursday 23rd September between 1.30 and 4.00, where people can pop along and get some help about eczema.

Information stands will also be put up at both Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals throughout the week, to raise awareness both about the skin condition and how to help sufferers live with it.

Sue Wood, Dermatology Specialist Nurse, said, “Eczema is a very common skin condition and although it is not usually life-threatening, it can be very uncomfortable for sufferers. Red, inflamed skin can feel very itchy and can make people scratch, causing bleeding and sometimes infection. Eczema can also make people feel awkward and avoid going out when it is visible.

“Although there is no cure for eczema, treatments can help people manage the condition, which is why we would encourage people to come to the open afternoon to find out about eczema, tell people what treatment options are available and to raise awareness.”

Some facts about eczema

• There are several different types of eczema, the most common being atopic eczema, which affects both children and adults and is closely associated with asthma and hayfever.
• The causes of eczema are unknown, but many people know what triggers it off for them.
• Irritants include rough fibres, perfume, preservatives, chemicals, diet, stress and changes in temperature or environmental factors.
• Symptoms include red, inflamed skin, feeling hot and itchy, and dry, cracked skin.
• Treatments prescribed can act as a barrier or seal and topical steroids are sometimes needed when a ‘flare-up’ occurs. They act by reducing inflammation.
• Those who have eczema should avoid possible irritants, such as woollen clothing, and reduce the effect of house dust mite.
• The National Eczema Society provides practical information, support and advice to people with eczema. If you would like more details take a look at their website at www.eczema.org.

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714
E-mail: matthew.king@southportandormskirk.nhs.uk