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Dr Tess McPherson

Dr Tess McPherson is a Consultant Dermatologist and Senior Clinical Lecturer (Oxford University Hospitals). Her particular areas of clinical and research interests include paediatric dermatology, teenage and young adult dermatology, psoriasis, acne and eczema.

  • Background

    Dr Tess McPherson is a consultant dermatologist, senior clinical senior lecturer at the University of Oxford and member of the British Society of Paediatric Dermatology.

  • Sarah

    Sarah has had eczema all her life. Her skin cleared up during her teenage years but the eczema returned whilst she was at university. She has seen many GPs and finds it frustrating that she tends to be offered only a limited number of treatment options.

  • Background

    Sarah is 23 years old and a charity/youth worker. Her ethnic background is White British.

  • Age at interview 23
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Maham

    (Text only clips) Maham has had eczema since she was a baby. She notes that maintaining a routine and communicating effectively with healthcare professionals is crucial in eczema management.

  • Background

    Maham is 21 years old, single and of Pakistani descent. Her most recent employment was as a research intern.

  • Age at interview 21
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Evie

    (Text only clips) Evie has had eczema since she was 6 months old. She also developed acne when she was 15, but grew out of it as she got older. Evie finds that others often do not fully understand the effect of eczema on everyday life.

  • Background

    Evie, aged 20, is a university student. She also works as a part-time customer assistant. Her ethnicity is White British.

  • Age at interview 20
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • George

    (Text only clips) George has had eczema since he was a child. He and his parents hoped it would clear up as he got older but this has not been the case. George's eczema impacts on him physically, making his skin cracked and sore, and makes him feel very self-conscious.

  • Background

    George is 17 years old. His ethnic background is White British.

  • Age at interview 17
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Gary

    Gary has had eczema most of his life but started to have particularly severe flare-ups after the age of 18. He finds it difficult to do even small daily tasks when his skin is bad because it is so sore. He enjoys walking and finds it an important way to cope with stress.

  • Background

    Gary is 23 years old and works as a barman. His ethnic background is White Hungarian.

  • Age at interview 23
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Abid

    (Text only clips) Abid has had eczema since he was a baby. He emphasises the importance of self-awareness, knowledge of the body, diet, and exercise in managing his eczema.

  • Background

    Abid, aged 24, is of British-Bangladeshi descent.

  • Age at interview 24
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Shams

    Shams eczema has caused difficulties in his schooling and personal life. Although finding the right treatment was a long process, he found that settling into a routine with treatments has helped in managing his eczema.

  • Background

    Shams, aged 18, is a sixth-form student of British-Bangladeshi descent.

  • Age at interview 18
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Jessica

    (Audio or text only clips) Jessica has seen doctors for both acne and vulvar eczema. She found that healthcare professionals were not as knowledgeable about vulvar eczema and that is more difficult to deal with than acne because it is less common.

  • Background

    Jessica is 20 years old and an undergraduate university student. Her ethnic background is Indian British.

  • Age at interview 20
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Lizzie

    (Audio or text only clips) Lizzie has had eczema all her life. Her skin has improved in recent years but eczema still affects her in various ways. She finds that having eczema on her hands, and using steroid creams on this part of her body, can be particularly difficult.

  • Background

    Lizzie is 19 years old and an undergraduate University student. She lives with her parents outside of term times. Her ethnicity is White British.

  • Age at interview 19
  • Sex/Gender Female