The itch that has to be scratched
These are some of the most common skin problems, with between 3-5% of infants suffering from allergic eczema.
The main distinction is between eczema from early childhood, called atopic or allergic eczema and the other types of dermatitis acquired as an adult, such as:
We also treat special forms of eczema such as vulval, genital and childhood types.
What is atopic syndrome?
If you have atopia or atopic syndrome, you are naturally more sensitive to certain compounds in the environment (an excessive IgE-mediated reaction). As well as atopic or allergic eczema, you are more likely to have hay fever (allergic rhinitis), allergic asthma, food allergies, hives (urticaria) or to react to things like animals, dust, chemicals etc. There is likely to be similar problems on one or both sides of your family, as this is generally an inherited condition. Oral allergy syndrome (OAS) and Angioedema can also be complicating factors.
Does that mean I have to suffer?
Absolutely not. Atopic syndrome won’t be cured overnight, and the longer you have had the problems the longer it will take to achieve a result. But with the right help and support most people can eliminate or reduce their distressing symptoms.
What really works?
As this is an hypersensitivity problem, best results are achieved by:
- Increasing your natural resilience and reducing vulnerability;
- Supporting and re-balancing your immune system to respond differently to the allergic substances.
A programme of integrated treatment will be needed, including acupuncture, herbal medicine and dietary therapy and special exercises. Some of our patients will also benefit from seeing the New Medicine Group allergy and environmental illness expert within Dr Damien Downing, who can offer full allergy testing if required and special treatments including Enzyme Potentiated Desensitisation (EPD) and Phospholipid Exchange Therapy.