Symptoms in babies
Babies’ skin is more sensitive to environmental influences than that of adults. Eczema can start in the first weeks of life, showing as dryness or even lesions on the forehead, cheeks, chin or thighs. The itchiness may also stop your baby from sleeping.
Symptoms in children
In children over two years old, eczema shows as dryness, redness and flaking, most commonly in areas of the skin which fold, such as the elbows, behind the knees and ears, wrists, ankles and hands.
Symptoms in adults
In adults the appearance of the condition is much the same, but it tends to affect different areas, such as the neck, head, shoulders and chest.
Symptoms in the elderly
As the skin ages, it becomes thinner and more sensitive. In the elderly, symptoms are much the same as they are in a younger adult, but can be worse, due to the lack of fat content and moisture in the skin.
Eczema can be difficult to treat, and may require different treatments over time. Treatments fall into many categories, including:
- Emollients or creams to keep your skin moisturised
- Creams or oral treatments to control itching and inflammation (for example a topical corticosteroid)
- Creams to help repair damaged skin barrier
- Antibiotics or other treatments to fight infection if you have open sores or cracked skin
Additional non-medicinal treatments can include reducing stress (which can trigger eczema flare-ups), and bandaging or wet-wrapping affected areas.
Treating eczema with Bepanthen
Our Bepanthen Sensicalm/derm cream contains natural lipids and pro-vitamin B5 to moisturise the skin, provide relief from itchiness and help repair the broken skin barrier.
You can use Bepanthen Sensicalm/derm at the first sign of eczema. First wash your hands, then apply the cream to the affected area with your finger and rub gently. Apply as many times a day as you feel necessary.
The benefits of Bepanthen Sensicalm/derm
- Contains no cortisone so it can be used on the whole family, including babies, the elderly, and pregnant and breastfeeding women
- Pleasant texture and fragrance
- No parabens
- Clinically tested
- No preservatives
Whilst genetics play a large role in eczema (50%-70% of eczema sufferers also have a parent who is affected by eczema), there are still many steps you can take to help prevent flare-ups.
- Keep the skin moisturised, especially after showering and in dry weather
- Avoid baths any hotter than 36°C and don’t bathe for any longer than 10 minutes
- Use mild soaps, both when washing your body and your clothes
- Use cotton or linen as opposed to synthetic fabrics
- Regularly air the rooms in your house by opening the windows
- Use fragrance-free products on your skin whenever possible
- Try not to scratch, as this worsens the vicious itch-scratch cycle