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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
  • Aman

    Aman, aged 23, learned from experience that a disciplined daily moisturising routine helps manage eczema and its various triggers. He suggests going to a dermatologist, as GPs may not be as knowledgeable about all of the treatments available.

  • Background

    Aman is 23 years old and a management consultant. His ethnicity is British Indian.

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

    (Audio or text only clips) Aadam was diagnosed with eczema as a baby. Aadam struggled with having and treating his eczema throughout much of his childhood. This inspired him to write a book called Itchy Witchy' to help other children and young people affected by eczema.

  • Background

    Aadam is 18 and a college student. He is single and lives with his family. His ethnicity is British Pakistani.

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

    Himesh was diagnosed with eczema when he was 10/11 years old during a stay in hospital with a serious skin infection. He has since been attending a children's dermatology clinic and, over the years, has used a number of different creams and other medications.

  • Background

    Himesh is 17 and a sixth form student. He is single and lives at home with his family. His ethnicity is British Indian.

  • Age at interview 17
  • Sex/Gender Male