Eczema (young people)
What help can I get from medical professionals for eczema?
Young people visited medical professionals for a range of things, like:
- getting a diagnosis of eczema
- treatment for eczema on a particular part of the body like the scalp or genitals
- advice and treatment for eczema which develops an infection
- to get treatments like emollients, steroids or phototherapy and advice about how to use them
- information about alternative and complementary therapies (e.g. homeopathy)
- an allergy test, to find out about triggers to avoid or for lifestyle advice (e.g. diet and sleep)
- check-ups – e.g. to see if treatments are working or have side effects
- a referral – for example, a GP (General Practitioner – doctor) can ‘refer’ to a dermatologist (skin specialist doctor)
- mental health help for dealing with the emotional and psychological side of eczema
- a ‘fit note’ (or a ‘sick note’) for time off or other special arrangements with your work, school or university, such as getting extra time in exams.
- GPs and GP-clinic nurses
- Dermatologists and dermatology nurses (healthcare professionals specialising in skin)