Eczema Symptoms and Triggers


Symptoms in babies

Babies’ skin is more sensitive to environmental influences than that of adults.1 Eczema can start in the first weeks of life, showing as dryness or even lesions on the forehead, cheeks, chin or thighs. The itchiness may also prevent your baby from sleeping.

Symptoms in children

In children over two years old, eczema shows as dryness, redness and flaking, most commonly in areas of the skin which fold, such as the elbows, behind the knees and ears, wrists, ankles and hands.

Symptoms in adults

In adults the appearance of the condition is much the same, but it tends to affect different areas, such as the neck, head, shoulders and chest.

Symptoms in the Elderly  

As the skin ages, it becomes thinner and more sensitive.1 In the elderly, symptoms are much the same as they are in a younger adult, but can be worse, due to the lack of fat content and moisture in the skin.

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Eczema symptoms can be difficult to treat, and may require different treatments over time. Treatments fall into many categories, including:

  • Emollients or creams to keep your skin moisturised2
  • Creams or oral treatments to control itching and inflammation (for example a topical corticosteroid)
  • Creams to help repair damaged skin barrier
  • Antibiotics or other treatments to fight infection if you have open sores or cracked skin

Additional non-medicinal treatments can include reducing stress (which can trigger eczema flare-ups), and bandaging or wet-wrapping affected areas3, the process of which will be explained to you by your doctor.

Treating eczema symptoms with Bepanthen

Bepanthen Itch Relief Cream

Our Bepanthen Itch Relief Cream contains natural lipids and pro-vitamin B5 to moisturize the skin, provides relief in 30 minutes from itchiness and helps repair the broken skin barrier.4

You can use Bepanthen Itch Relief Cream at the first sign of eczema. First wash your hands, then apply the cream to the affected area with your finger and spread evenly until absorbed. Apply as many times a day as you feel necessary.

The benefits of using Bepanthen Itch Relief Cream include:

  • Is steroid free so it can be used by the whole family including infants, the elderly, and pregnant and lactating mothers
  • Pleasant texture and fragrance free.
  • No parabens
  • Clinically tested4
  • No preservatives
  • Hypoallergenic

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  Whilst genetics play a large role in eczema (50%-70% of eczema sufferers also have a parent who is affected by eczema), there are still many steps you can take to help prevent flare-ups, such as:4

  • Keeping your skin moisturised, especially after showering and in dry weather
  • Use mild soaps or non-soap cleansers, both when washing your body and your clothes
  • Use cotton or linen as opposed to synthetic fabrics
  • Regularly air the rooms in your house by opening the windows.
  • Use fragrance-free products on your skin whenever possible.
  • Try not to scratch, as this worsens the vicious itch-scratch cycle

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You can use Bepanthen Itch Relief Cream at the first sign of eczema. Bepanthen Itch Relief Cream is a steroid-free cream that helps relieve itching and redness in as fast as 30 minutes while promoting skin barrier restoration. If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.



ASC Reference No.: B025P012221BS