Hay fever and eczema
As we approach spring, the weather is warming up and for eczema sufferers, they may find that hay fever can make their eczema slightly worse.
Eczema, asthma and hay fever are collectively known as the ‘atopic triad’ of eczemas. Thought each of these conditions can appear separately, you may find that your eczema may be slightly worse during hay fever seasons.
The term ‘atopic’ is used to describe a group of conditions, which include asthma, eczema and hay-fever and food allergy. These conditions are all linked by an increased activity of the allergy side of the body’s immune system. ‘Eczema’ is a term which comes from the Greek word ‘to boil’ and is used to describe red, dry, itchy skin which can sometimes become weeping, blistered, crusted, scaling and thickened.
Different types of eczema
There are different types of dermatitis, including atopic eczema, allergic contact dermatitis, irritant contact dermatitis, and asteatotic eczema. When most people talk about eczema they usually are referring to atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema. Atopic dermatitis is common and tends to run in families along with asthma, hay fever, sinus trouble, and dry skin.
What causes eczema?
Healthy skin helps retain moisture and protects you from bacteria, irritants and allergens. Eczema is related to a gene variation that affects the skin’s ability to provide this protection. This allows your skin to be affected by environmental factors, irritants and allergens.
In some children, food allergies may play a role in causing eczema.
Eczema is one of the commonest skin problems seen by dermatologists. Treatments for eczema can be highly beneficial and offer a great deal of relief for the patient. If you or your child suffers from eczema, please visit our clinic. It’s best to get any eczema under control particularly if you find it worsens if you suffer from hay fever also.
Our consultant dermatologists will also be able to advise you about how to recognise the signs of eczema infection and be able to treat flare- ups with antibiotics or anti-viral medication. Occasionally some people with more severe eczema may require oral treatments with medications that control the immune cells that drive the eczema.