Eczema - a childhood condition?

Eczema is often thought of as a childhood condition; it usually first appears when children are under 5 years of age and 75% of children grow out of it in their teens. Unfortunately, that leaves quite a lot of adults who don't grow out of their eczema, which is why we've developed a 'zone' especially to support adults who are living with eczema.

If you've been living with eczema for many years, you probably know quite a lot about your skin condition. We don't want to teach you things you already know, but the way eczema is managed has changed quite a lot over the years, so there might be some aspects of eczema that you don't yet know about. As a child growing up with eczema, you may not have been given that much information by your GP, or had any input into your treatment decisions.

Today, the NHS realises that managing chronic conditions like eczema is about providing education and helping people to actively manage their own condition.

With this in mind, we think it's important to give you a full picture of eczema as a condition:

We hope you will find some useful bits of information and some practical tips that you didn't know before.