Eczema or dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin. There are different types of eczema and they all manifest in the form an itchy rash. The more serious the condition, the greater the itching, blistering, weeping and peeling of the skin. While the exact cause of eczema is unknown, “a doctor can try to narrow the diagnosis to a specific category of dermatitis, even though treatment is similar for most types of skin irritation and inflammation.” Source WebMD
With a family history of asthma, I deal with moderate atopic eczema. Sadly there is very little support for those with eczema in Africa. Good dermatologists are far and few in between and skincare myths fill those spaces.
I therefore had to do a lot of research to learn how to properly handle my condition. The following resources proved invaluable in helping me understand and treat eczema.
Useful Links to Help with Eczema
- National Eczema Society A charity based in England and Wales and in Scotland. Dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with eczema and their carers.
- South African National Eczema Association (SANEA) A mission to support, provide information and help all those affected by eczema in South Africa.
- Asthma UK A charity dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the millions of people in the UK whose lives are affected by asthma.
- Eczema Voice. A website dedicated to people with eczema. It has lots of information and a great discussion board.
- HouseDustMite Dust mites are a major cause of allergic asthma and other associated conditions. This website offers information, products and research into the impact of house dust mite allergens.
- Talk Health A website that makes health support easily accessible to everyone.
- EmolliZoo app a fun app that teaches children about eczema and emollients. Available for free on iOS and Android. All EmolliZoo educational content is accredited by the National Eczema Society.