Eczema (dermatitis) & psoriasis are very common skin conditions due to inflammation of the skin. They tend to run in families, and can be triggered by environmental and lifestyle factors. Not all rashes are due to eczema or psoriasis. It is important to get the diagnosis accurately at the start. As a Consultant Dermatologist, Dr Nicole has years of experience diagnosing and managing eczema & psoriasis. A detailed history and thorough examination will be performed to determine the correct diagnosis and to identify any potential trigger factors. Investigations such as allergy testing or patch testing to common allergens can help to exclude potential triggers. These rashes can be very itchy and cosmetically unpleasant. Dr Nicole appreciates how these conditions can affect the quality of life to a significant degree. If not controlled early, these rashes can lead to thickening of the skin, scratch marks, change of pigmentation in the skin, psychological and social consequences. Dr Nicole realises how important it is to manage these conditions effectively right from the start in order to avoid late consequences. There are now a wide range of treatments available for eczema & psoriasis, ranging from topical creams, oral medications to injection treatments. Dr Nicole will be able to go through these options with you, and form the most appropriate treatment plan for you based on your lifestyle and requirements.
- Assessment and treatment by a Consultant Dermatologist with advanced Medical Dermatology Fellowship experience in Oxford and Sydney
- Comprehensive skin assessment for accurate diagnosis
- Investigations such as allergy testing or patch testing available
- Individualised self-help guide to prevent or control flare-ups
- Treatment options tailored to your individual lifestyle and requirements
- No GP referral required
Eczema First of all, it is important to know that the terms eczema and dermatitis can be used interchageably. Eczema is a common, inflammatory condition of the skin. About 1 in 5 people have eczema. Eczema is not contagious. It is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic factors, abnormal function of the immune system, environment and lifestyle factors, and impaired barrier function of the skin. Psoriasis Psoriasis is another common, inflamamtory condition of the skin. About 2-4 in 100 people have psoriasis. Psoriasis is not contagious. It is thought to be cause by a combination of genetic factors and abnormal function of the immune system.