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The Society produces a wide range of useful factsheets on managing and treating eczema which can be downloaded as PDF below. 

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Treatments for Eczema


What Azathioprine is, how it works, when it is used and side effects.


What Ciclosporin is, what effect is has on eczema, how it’s used and potential side effects.

Complementary Therapies and Eczema

Examines how complementary therapies can be used to treat eczema.


An explanation of emollients and how to use them.

Emollient Products

A list of emollient products.

Pimecrolimus Cream (Elidel)

What pimecrolimus cream is and how the drug works.

Tacrolimus Ointment (Protopic)

What Tacrolimus is and how it works when treating eczema

Topical Steroids

Topical steroids, their different strengths and how to use them.

Types of Eczema

For information about atopic eczema and contact dermatitis, please see our booklets

Discoid Eczema

Who gets it, what causes it and how it can be treated.

Ear Eczema

Examines the different types of eczema that affect the ear.

Eczema in Later Life

Skin tends to become drier as we get older, which can lead to roughness and scaling, and cause itching. If it is allowed to become too dry it may become cracked, so the first line of defence is to keep the skin moistened.

Facial Eczema

An examination of the types and treatments of facial eczema.

Genital Eczema in Women

If you experience genital irritation, it is better to seek medical help than to self-medicate with various products, since some over-the-counter products contain potentially irritant ingredients.

Hand Eczema

Hand eczema is one of the most common types of eczema (also referred to as dermatitis). It mainly affects the palms but can also affect other parts of the hand. The main symptom is an itchy, lumpy rash but other symptoms may include cracking, soreness and irritation and, in some cases, blisters may develop. The fingers may become quite swollen. The skin is generally dry, scaly and thickened.

Pompholyx Eczema

What is Pompholyx eczema and how it can be managed.

Infantile Seborrhoeic Eczema and Cradle Cap

Examines the causes and treatments of this type of eczema in babies.

Seborrhoeic Eczema in Adults

Who gets it? What does it look like? How is it diagnosed and treated?

Varicose Eczema

What varicose eczema - also known as gravitational eczema - is and how it can be treated to stop ulcers developing.

Factors that might affect Eczema

Allergic Eye Disease

There are a number of eye diseases, which though not specifically caused by allergy, are seen more commonly in those patients with eczema and related conditions.


What is an allergy? Who gets them? What is an allergic response?

Diet and Eczema in Children

It has been known for many years that what children eat may have an effect on their eczema. It is, however, only in the last ten to fifteen years that the reason why food may trigger eczema has been better understood.

Eczema and the Sun

Information on protecting the skin from exposure to sun together with information on ingredients used in sun screen products.

Immunisation in Children

What is immunisation and is it really necessary? Can it cause eczema?


Most people with eczema should still be able to enjoy swimming provided they follow a few general precautions.

At home

Clothing Stockists

A guide to the range of cotton & silk goods stockists known to the National Eczema Society.

Household Irritants 

Information and advice about avoiding, or reducing exposure to,the most common household irritants.


All our medical information is reviewed by either Dermatologists, GPs with a special interest in eczema or dermatology nurses.