Eczema is a skin condition which can affect both children and adults – as many as 1 in 5 school children and 1 in 12 adults in Britain suffer from eczema.

If you’ve noticed that your skin is much drier than usual or if you are developing sore patches on your skin which won’t stop itching it might be worth taking a trip to see your doctor – you could be suffering from eczema.

Eczema can flare up at any time particularly if you are feeling stressed, worried or anxious about something. Getting overtired and hot weather can also make things worse. It can be a real sore point – especially if it stops you socialising and wearing or doing what you want. Eczema can cause friction at home too – how many times have you been told to put your cream on or stop scratching?!

There are helpful tips to manage Eczema:

  • Try to keep your stress levels down.
  • Try to find out what triggers the outbreaks.
  • Keep your skin moisturised.
  • Above all try not to scratch.

Who can help?

You can contact the National Eczema society’s helpline by calling 0870 241 3604, emailing or by logging on to

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