eczema-psoriasis

Eczema & Psoriasis

Balneum CreamBalneum Cream

Balneum Cream contains urea in an easily absorbed smooth white cream to relieve itching. It works by replacing the oils that have been lost in dry skin, with a soothing and softening effect. This also helps prevent further loss of skin moisture. Urea is a substance found naturally in the skin that helps the skin retain water. Balneum Cream is used in people with dry skin conditions such as those with eczema and psoriasis whose skin has reduced amounts of urea. Another active ingredient, Ceramide 3, helps to restore the barrier function of the skin.

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Balneum PlusBalneum Plus

Balneum Plus cream contains lauromacrogols in an easily absorbed smooth white cream to relieve itching. It works by replacing the oils that have been lost in dry skin, with a soothing and softening effect. This also helps prevent further loss of skin moisture. Balneum Plus Cream also contains urea, which is a substance found naturally in the skin that helps the skin retain water. It is used in people with dry skin conditions such as those with eczema and psoriasis whose skin has reduced amounts of urea.

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Balneum Plus Bath OilBalneum Plus Bath Oil

Balneum Plus Bath Oil is a moisturizing bath oil designed to relieve the itching of dry skin and leaving it feeling softer and smoother. This product contains primary active ingredients like lauromacrogols and soya oils, which help it to treat skin disorders fast and effectively.

Balneum Plus Medicinal Bath Oil helps to reduce most symptoms of skin disorders within a short period. To help ensure that you use this product accurately to get maximum results, consult with professionals like Click Pharmacy before using it. That way, you get excellent guidance and support whenever you have any issues.

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Cetraben Bath AdditiveCetraben Bath Additive

Cetraben bath additive is a very effective emollient, a moisturising and protective oil that is designed specifically for the symptomatic relief of the symptoms for eczema, especially when these symptoms are endogenous or exogenous eczema. Cetraben bath additive contains the active ingredient light liquid paraffin and its secondary ingredients c-12-13-Pareth-3 and medium-chain triglycerides. 

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Cetraben CreamCetraben Cream

Cetraben Cream is a moisturising and protective cream designed for the relief of symptoms of eczema, such as red, inflamed, dry, or chapped skin. Being an emollient, this moisturising and protective cream gets rid of all those uncomfortable symptoms usally associated with eczema. 

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SilkisSilkis

Silkis is used for the topical treatment of mild to moderately severe plaque psoriasis with up to one-third of the body surface area involvement. It contains an active ingredient, calcitriol (a vitamin D derivate) that inhibits and normalizes the unrestrained cell growth in psoriasis affected skin.

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Cetaphil Gentle Skin CleanserCetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is a mild soap-free body and face cleanser that soothes and hydrates skin as it cleans. Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Propylene Glycol and water are the ingredients present in Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. Propylene glycol is the active ingredient of Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. Propylene Glycol is a humectant; this means that it hydrates skin.

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E45 Moisturising CreamE45 Moisturising Cream

E45 Moisturising Lotion is an unscented, hypoallergenic, dermatologically test moisturiser that is gentle enough to use on the whole family. It uses a purified and hypoallergenic form of lanolin called Medilan as its active ingredient, and it hydrates the skin making it soft and supple. It works particularly well on dry and sensitive skin types. It's excellent for use on the whole body, and its non-greasy formula means it will absorb quickly feeling light and silky. It also works on more serious dry skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, ichthyosis and certain dry cases of psoriasis.

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Elocon Scalp LotionElocon Scalp Lotion

Elocon Scalp Lotion contains 0.1% w/w mometasone furoate in a topical formulation designed to be used on the scalp. It is classified as a potent steroid and is used on the surface of the skin to calm redness and reduce the itchiness in conditions such as psoriasis or dermatitis. Psoriasis is a skin condition in which scaly, flaky, pink, itchy patches develop on the elbows, knees, and scalp, as well as other parts of the body. Dermatitis or contact dermatitis is a type of eczema triggered by contact with a particular substance. It causes the skin to be dry and irritated; there may be swelling and redness.

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Oilatum Shower GelOilatum Shower Gel

Oilatum shower gel is a non-prescription treatment for dry skin issues such as eczema and dermatitis. It contains light liquid paraffin as an active ingredient, which makes it suitable for managing and preventing eczema flare-up. Light liquid paraffin is an emollient that works by lubricating and insulating the outer most part of the skin (stratum corneum), whilst protecting it from pathogens and bacteria. 

Oilatum Shower Gel is recommended for children over the age of two years, adolescents and adults. Do not use this product on infants of less than six months.

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BetacapBetacap

Betacap is a scalp application that is used for the treatment of inflammatory scalp disorders. This irritation of the causes a compromise in the immune system, by releasing various chemicals that cause the surrounding blood vessels to widen, this results in the affected area becoming itchy, red, and swollen. Betacap helps relieve this by using its main active ingredient, a potent corticosteroid called betamethasone valerate. Other ingredients also include Macrogol 7 Glyceryl Cocoate (a water-dispersible derivative of coconut oil) Isopropyl Alcohol; Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, and Purified Water. It is a clear and colourless liquid. Betamethasone valerate is also used for other conditions that involve inflammatory disorders of the skin; these include conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. 

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E45 Moisturising CreamE45 Moisturising Cream

E45 Moisturising Lotion is an unscented, hypoallergenic, dermatologically test moisturiser that is gentle enough to use on the whole family. It uses a purified and hypoallergenic form of lanolin called Medilan as its active ingredient, and it hydrates the skin making it soft and supple. It works particularly well on dry and sensitive skin types. It's excellent for use on the whole body, and its non-greasy formula means it will absorb quickly feeling light and silky. It also works on more serious dry skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, ichthyosis and certain dry cases of psoriasis.

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What is Eczema? 

Eczema and psoriasis are both non-contagious, often itchy skin conditions with different sub-types. Neither has a cure, but both can be managed. Some people may only experience childhood eczema, whereas, for others, it is a life-long condition. Psoriasis is a life-long condition. The cause remains unknown.

Eczema occurs when the skin does not produce as many fats and oils as it should, leading to overall dryness. It also can not retain as much water as it should, leaving it open to bacteria and irritants. It presents as itchy, dry and cracked skin.

The most common form of eczema is atopic dermatitis. The skin becomes itchy, dry, cracked and sore. Some people experience it in little patches, whereas others will have it covered vast sections of their body. Discoid eczema or nummular eczema appears in oval or circular patches of dry, itchy, cracked and inflamed skin. The patches can become infected. Contact dermatitis is another type of eczema appearing as itchy, blistered, dry and cracked skin, commonly on the face but can appear anywhere. Varicose eczema is itchy, swollen, dry, flaky scaly or crusty skin that affects the lower legs. See a doctor to access blood flow to legs and check for other conditions. It is common in people with varicose veins. Seborrhoea eczema is a fancy name for dandruff, which presents as white flakes in the hair that can be dry or itchy. Pompholyx or dyshidrotic eczema appears as tiny blisters across the fingers and palms of the hands and sometimes the soles of feet. See a GP for any blistering skin condition.

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is characterised by patches of red, crusty, flaky skin sometimes covered with silver scales. Most people only have patches in a small area, most commonly the elbows, knees, scalp and lower back but it can appear anywhere and sometimes with soreness or itchiness. It is less common than eczema and symptoms vary from person-to-person, with some people only experiencing it as a minor complaint and others as a more severe life-altering condition. It comes and goes, with no to mild symptoms to full-blown flare-up. Psoriasis seems to be linked to an increase in skin cell production with the build-up of immature skin cells creating patches.

Like eczema, psoriasis comes in a few different sub-types. Plaque psoriasis or psoriasis vulgaris is the most common form. The red skin lesions and silver scales can be itchy and sore. In some cases, the skin around the joints may crack and bleed. Scalp psoriasis can occur on parts of or the entire scalp. In rare cases, it can cause temporary hair loss. Nail psoriasis causes finger and toenails to develop tiny dents, discolouration and abnormal growth. They can also become loose and separate from the nail bed. In the worst cases, nails may crumble. Guttate psoriasis causes small sores on the chest, arms, legs and scalp.

In some cases, it clears up on its own, but in others, it develops into full-blown plaque psoriasis. It usually appears after a throat infection in children and teens. Inverse or flexural psoriasis occurs in the folds of skin as smooth red patches and is made worse by friction and sweating. Pustule psoriasis is a rarer type which presents as small pus-filled blisters. Erythrodermic psoriasis affects the entire body and causes itching and burning. It can cause the body to lose proteins and fluids, resulting in health complications.

A pharmacist can help manage the symptoms of mild psoriasis with over-the-counter creams and ointments. A GP may make a referral to a dermatologist for particularly severe and stubborn cases.

What causes Eczema and Psoriasis?

The exact cause of Eczema is unknown, as every sufferer has different genetics. It can been linked to an overactive response by the body's immune system to an irritant. It is this response that causes the symptoms of eczema. Another attributing factor is being passed down in the family gene pool, especially if allergies are already present in relatives.

Psoriasis is a condition that occurs when a person's immune system triggers skin cells to grow unusually faster than average. The dead skin cells build up instead of shedding.

What are the dangers of Eczema and Psoriasis?

There's a risk of skin infection with any skin condition. Skin infections require medical attention. Watch for: oozing fluids; yellow crusts; hot, swollen, tender and painful skin around the trouble area; feeling unwell, and feeling hot and shivery.

Eczema and psoriasis have no cure with uncertain causes. Probable cause and triggers vary from person-to-person and subtype. It is possible to experience a flare-up of more than one type of eczema or psoriasis at once. Over-the-counter treatments and self-care may help manage some symptoms. Some types of eczema and psoriasis require medical attention and even referral to a specialist. Prescription treatments are also available to help manage and ease symptoms. Always read the instructions and store all medications in the original container. Store all medicines out of sight and reach of children, even if the treatment is for a child.

How to achieve a better skin condition?

Most types of eczema can be managed with over-the-counter treatments. Ask the Click Pharmacy pharmacist for advice on moisturisers as a lot of lotions and body butters contain perfumes and other chemicals in your washing detergent that can trigger eczema flare-ups or make it worse. Avoid scratching the areas affected by eczema and psoriasis, scratching damages the skin further and make more inflamed and uncomfortable, which can lead to infection. Avoid known triggers, including foods as well as skin irritants; it is worth doing a patch test at your GP to narrow down what affects your skin. Stress may make eczema worse or trigger a flare-up. See a doctor if symptoms do not improve with over-the-counter treatments and self-care.