What is eczema? Eczema or atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic inflammatory skin disease characterised by red, dry, scaly, thickened skin. It is typical to have scratch marks due to the intense and itchy rash that develops with the condition. It is very common to see signs of dry, crusty blood over the lesions. The […]

What should you do if you have eczema ?

Up to 10 per cent of childhood eczema will carry into adulthood. These patients will continue to have ‘imperfect skin’—dry skin lacking the abilities to heal properly or fight against microorganisms. This occurs because of a lack of special proteins such as fillagrin and natural moisturising factor (NMF) due to genetic mutation of patients’ skin. […]

How common is eczema in Australia?

Australia is among the countries with the highest prevalence of eczema or atopic dermatitis. The current prevalence of eczema in Australia is between 10 to 15 per cent of the population. Recent research conducted at the University of Melbourne showed that around one in three infants (38.5%) suffer from eczema. Most children with atopic dermatitis grow out of the disease when […]

What cause eczema ?

The old school of thought believes that eczema is caused by allergy leading to abnormal functioning of immune system. These views have been constantly challenged by evidence of current research which links this inflammatory disease to compromised skin barrier due to genetic mutation. Skins of these patients are also proven to be lack of adequate antimicrobial peptides […]