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Eczema

Eczema linked to much more than your skin

Eczema is not just skin-deep; the disease can have a serious impact on patients' quality of life and overall health, both physically and mentally, according to an expert.

Treating eczema

The most important treatment for the eczema is to moisturise the skin and to relieve the itch.

What is eczema?

Eczema is a chronic inflammatory skin response characterised by flare-ups and remissions and intense itching. It mostly affects children but can also be found in adults.

Can eczema be outgrown?

Eczema may be completely outgrown around puberty. It is rare for eczema to continue into old age.

Causes of eczema

Factors that may exacerbate eczema include irritants and allergens.

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Skin expert

Dr Suretha Kannenberg holds a degree in Medicine and a Masters in Dermatology from the University of Stellenbosch. She is employed as a consultant dermatologist by Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Academic Hospital, where she is involved in clinical duties and the training of medical students and dermatology residents. Her areas of interest and research include vitiligo, eczema and acne. She also performs limited private practice work in the Northern suburbs of Cape Town in general and cosmetic dermatology.

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