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The Common Areas Affected by Eczema

by Dr Harley Farmer

Eczema is a very common skin condition that affects up to 3% of adults and up to 20% of children worldwide. About 60% of children with eczema will develop the condition before the age of one year, and at least 80% will get it before the age of five. The majority of children will outgrow eczema, however it can still occur during puberty and adulthood. Controlling moderate to severe eczema can involve a rigorous skincare regime. For children, it can have a particularly burdening impact on their ch...

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ECZEMA IN CHILDREN

by Dr Harley Farmer

Eczema is a general term for a number of chronic skin conditions caused by inflammation. It has been estimated that 15 million people in the UK could be living with eczema, including 1.7 million children. The most common type of eczema is Atopic Dermatitis (AD). AD affects up to 20% of children worldwide and recent data shows that its prevalence is increasing, especially in low-income countries. The current treatments available at best achieve symptom control, rather than a cure. Due to this,...

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NATIONAL ECZEMA AWARENESS MONTH: IS THERE A CURE FOR ECZEMA?

by Dr Harley Farmer

As we enter National Eczema Awareness Month this October, it probes the question - ‘IS THERE A CURE FOR ECZEMA?’ Eczema is an extremely common condition; in fact, it is estimated that up to 15 million people in the UK suffer from eczema, and 20% of children - so even if you’re not familiar with the condition yourself, you will likely know someone that suffers with it. WHAT IS ECZEMA? Eczema is the name for a group of conditions that causes the skin to become red, itchy and inflamed. Derived f...

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Open water swimming

by Dr Harley Farmer

It’s intriguing how much nostalgia is generated when you swim in an English river. People on the bank stop to talk with you about the times they used to enjoy a dip “when the children were young”. Common courtesy has you join the conversation which usually means your swim is punctuated by a phase of treading water for the duration of a good old natter. It’s good to talk and treading water is still exercise so everyone is happy. Except their dogs! Even dogs from my village who know me very well...

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Atopic Eczema is easily explained.

by Dr Harley Farmer

Dry skin and winter go together. Applying skin moisturisers ends the dryness for many people. For millions of others applying those moisturisers creates eczema misery: They call it Atopic Eczema or Atopic Dermatitis. Atopic is a medical word meaning they don’t understand why the skin goes red and itchy. In fact it’s been very easy to understand since 1992 when the evidence was published in a respected medical journal. The evidence relates to the mineral oil in most skincare products...

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A healthy microbiome protects against eczema.

by Dr Harley Farmer

Eczema sufferers benefit from knowing that a healthy microbiome protects against eczema. It’s the population of microbes — bacteria, fungi and viruses — which shares their body space. When you look at a person, be aware that there are more microbe cells than human cells in that person. This can be a terrible shock if you’ve been taught that all microbes are bad and dirty things. Sorry about that; you’ve been sold a very nasty lie! The good news is that the vast majority of those mi...

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National Eczema Week … again

by Dr Harley Farmer

It’s National Eczema Week … again. But will the full truth be revealed to the suffering public? It’s been 25 years since the cause of most Atopic Eczema was revealed in a highly respected peer-reviewed dermatology journal. I regularly review the medical literature and I’ve never seen any counter-evidence suggesting the 1992 evidence was wrong. That’s the way medicine works; if evidence is not proven wrong then it’s right. They haven’t refuted it, yet it seems they have ignored...

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Antibiotics can precede eczema.

by Dr Harley Farmer

We’re being told antibiotics can precede eczema. Here we go again … … more confusion pumped into the eczema debate. We’re seeing a new flurry of press reports about antibiotic use in children being followed by eczema. To be fair I believe the association as many reputable scientific articles have shown the same. The issue arises when advisers fail to realise how much damage can happen when the confusion is allowed to persist. Consider this: two parents who’ve both h...

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Who benefits from eczema?

by Dr Harley Farmer

Who benefits from eczema? Someone must as hundreds of millions of people are trapped in the eczema cycle and that high level of achievement must be good for someone or it would not be maintained. We know the hundreds of millions suffering from eczema certainly don’t benefit; eczema is prolonged misery. So who does benefit? I certainly make some tremendous friends when I end eczema in families. I count that as a wonderful benefit yet by definition I’ve ended the eczema and ensured it did not co...

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Drugs, Champions and Eczema.

by Dr Harley Farmer

People who end eczema forever are true champions. They battled against the challenges and they won. Yet that’s just the beginning of their involvement in ending eczema. Consider the Olympics. Millions of sportspeople around the world battle the challenges for years. Then during an intense two week period at the Olympic Games a select few win Gold. They won and the prize is theirs forever. Yet that’s just the beginning as their fame allows them to help others strive for excellence. Millions of...

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Controversy, eczema and inflammation.

by Dr Harley Farmer

Where’s the controversy in associating eczema with inflammation? That’s what eczema is, isn’t it? Absolutely correct; if that’s as far as you want to take your thinking. Using drugs to reduce the inflammation would certainly be treating what you can see. Consider someone who kicks a brick wall and develops a bruise on their toe. Do you limit your thinking to the bruise and use drugs in an attempt to hide the blueness of the bruise? You could, if that’s as far as you want to take your thinking....

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Nature can help end eczema.

by Dr Harley Farmer

Nature is there to help as we’re all Nature’s children. As we learn more we say we’re clever for discovering new things. The more we discover the cleverer we say we are and the more we can ignore Nature. People suffer when Nature is ignored. Eczema is a classic example. In the last century we’ve discovered a lot about chemistry and developed skincare products. That’s fine when people like the feel of a product on their skin. You might say their skin “likes it”. Yet Nature created diversity so...

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