Follicles/eczema

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Kazz2829
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by Kazz2829 on Thu Sep 01, 2016 10:11 am

Follicles/eczema

Hello,
I've got a skin conditions that keeps getting infected it's a type of eczema/allergy but I've only been told this in the last few weeks. Small red spots that become inflamed all over my facemail, shoulders and neck. I find it very embarrassing and not sure what causes it. The only thing I can think of is my hair but I change my shampoo every few weeks. I end up cutting the ends which help reduce it for a feweek weeks only for it to come back. I've had it for about 15years it drives me up the wall and scares me badly. The Dr has now given me some shower cream to put on to try and reduce it and yet more antibiotics. And it's something to do with the hair follicles but I feel I need to do more to prevent it!
Please give me your opinions on how to help prevent.
Many thanks
Karen

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Dr Anton Alexandroff
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by Dr Anton Alexandroff on Fri Sep 02, 2016 9:45 pm

Re: Follicles/eczema

Dear Karen,

it is difficult to advise you without seeing your condition in flesh but a common problem is dermatitis (eczema). However because it affects your face, neck and shoulders I wonder if this could be acne. Emollients, intermittent antiseptic washes (eczmol cream) and steroid creams, prescribed by your GP can help dermatitis and prolonged courses of antibiotics and retinoid gels prescribed by your GP can help acne.
But because you had your skin condition for so long I wonder if you should ask your GP to refer you to a dermatologist if the current treatment does not help.

I hope this is helpful.
With best wishes,

Dr Anton Alexandroff CCT(Dermatol) FRCP(UK) FAAD FRSM
Consultant Dermatologist and Senior Lecturer
Member of British Association of Dermatologists
De Montfort University, Leicester Spire Hospital, Leicester Nuffield Health Hospital, Bedford BMI Manor Hospital
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wendygreen
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by wendygreen on Sat Sep 03, 2016 8:13 pm

Re: Follicles/eczema

Hi Karen,

In addition to Dr. Alexandroff's excellent advice might I suggest that you also look at your diet and manage your stress levels, as these can affect your skin?

Make sure you eat a balanced diet with plenty of healthy fats, fruit, vegetables and probiotic yogurt - all of which can help ease skin conditions - for more information please read my previous post
https://www.talkhealthpartnership.com/f ... 403#p32168

Also, manage your stress levels by taking regular exercise and time out for yourself doing something you enjoy, ensuring you get sufficient sleep and sharing your problems with someone you trust.

I hope this helps!

Wendy
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