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Entries by Julia Simmonds

Differences between eczema and other skin rashes?

Children can be affected by many different skin rashes, whether it is a common rash or a skin condition like eczema. There are also several different types of eczema such as atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis and nummular eczema which can complicate understanding what signs and symptoms to look out for when looking at skin rashes. […]

Questions to ask your doctor about managing eczema

When we go to the doctors about managing eczema, we usually expect our GP to ask questions about symptoms of our child’s eczema and lifestyle behaviours. However, it is also helpful to know what questions you, as a parent can ask your doctor when your child has eczema. Being proactive and engaging in a conversation […]

Update on treating peanut allergy and peanut anaphylaxis

Peanut allergy and life-threatening anaphylaxis is most common in infants and young children, but can also appear for the first time in adults. A recent Australian study has shown that peanut allergy affects 3% of children under 1 year of age. Peanut exposure may be hard to avoid, where even trace amounts can trigger symptoms. Generally, severity […]

How does gut health affect eczema?

The gastrointestinal system, or the gut does more than absorb nutrients from our food. This system of digestive organs, which includes the mouth, oesophagus, stomach, rectum, small and large intestine, as well as the liver, pancreas and gallbladder, makes up 70% of your body’s immune system. The important role of the gastrointestinal system is to […]

Can dairy products and dairy proteins cause eczema?

If your child has an allergy to dairy products, this can be a food-related trigger for eczema symptoms. Food allergies happen when the body’s immune system responds abnormally to certain foods. In children who have eczema, this abnormal reaction can mean a flare up of their eczema symptoms, but this does not mean that by […]

What is the connection between lupin and peanut allergy? 

Food allergies to a variety of foods are common in children with eczema and because of its close relation to peanuts, lupin is also starting to be thought of as a food allergen. Food allergies happen when the immune system responds abnormally to naturally occurring proteins in food. Eczema and food allergies are two separate conditions […]

What is the best eczema cure for my child?

There is no eczema cure yet. The emotional burden eczema causes and the impact it has on the quality of your family life sometimes goes unrecognised and unsupported. Unfortunately, there is no eczema cure and the effect eczema can have on the life of your child and family can be ongoing indefinitely. Although there is […]

What is the risk of my eczema child developing asthma and hay fever?

Eczema is commonly associated with hay fever, food allergies and asthma. Children who have eczema are more likely to suffer from asthma and hay fever because they are all connected in a group of diseases called the Atopic Triad . This refers to the genetic chance of your child having other conditions as well as […]

How do I manage my children’s eczema better in Summer?

Our children’s eczema is easily affected by changes in weather. We often think winter is the toughest time of the year for eczema skin because of the dry air, cold temperatures and low humidity, making the skin more susceptible to eczema flare ups. However, summer also plays a role in our children’s eczema, triggering flare […]

What lifestyle behaviours can help to manage eczema?

Managing eczema can affect every part of our lifestyle from what products we choose to buy to how we spend our time. So, what lifestyle choices can we make to help improve our child’s eczema?  Here are a few lifestyle behaviours to keep your child’s eczema in check: What is an eczema friendly diet and how […]