What is Eczema?

Eczema is a condition where patches of skin become inflamed, itchy, red, cracked, and rough.

There are different stages and types of eczema The word “eczema” is also used specifically to talk about atopic dermatitis, the most common type of eczema.

Other types of eczema include:

  • Contact dermatitis
  • Dyshidrotic eczema
  • Hand eczema
  • Neurodermatitis
  • Nummular eczema
  • Stasis dermatitis


Your top questions on Eczema answered

Dr Afrina Alam, Consultant Dermatologist,  answers some of the most googled questions about this common skin complaint.

Ultraviolet phototherapy (UVB)

HCA UK provides treatment to treat a range of disorders, including psoriasis and eczema. Ultraviolet phototherapy is used to provide an alternative method of treatment. It uses fluorescent light bulbs and ultraviolet B (UVB) wavelengths of light.

Paediatric dermatology

Skin conditions are common in children of all ages. These can range from rashes and eczema to more complex disorders. Our experienced team of paediatric dermatologists are available to offer a quick diagnosis and treatment tailored to your child's needs.


Your skin can be affected by a series of conditions, from minor blemishes to cancers. Our experienced skin care experts  treat a range of skin problems from acne to eczema and psoriasis. We also offer mole evaluation and the removal of benign (non-cancerous) skin lesions, including warts.

Make a dermatology appointment

We can offer appointments with leading dermatologists throughout London, at a time that suits you 

Call us on 020 7079 4344

HCA Healthcare UK's podcast about skin

In this episode, Dr Sharon Wong, consultant dermatologist at London Bridge Hospital helps Anna understand how to keep the largest organ in our body, healthy. Joining them is TV star Denise Van Outen.

Listen to Health: Fact vs Fiction - Skin deep on Apple podcasts now.

Listen to Health: Fact vs Fiction - Skin deep on Google podcasts now.

Find a dermatologist

Discover a dermatology expert from our list of specialists. Our dermatology consultants provide diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the skin, hair, nails and adjacent mucous membranes.
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