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Your child’s skin condition… How to help them feel better, fast
Childhood rashes are very common, and more often than not they’re pretty harmless and will go away on their own. But if your child has a rash and feels unwell, or if you're worried at all, just talk to our pharmacy team or your doctor. We’ll help you to find out what’s causing it and the best way to treat it, putting your mind at rest.
Frequently Asked Questions
Children and eczema
On average, there may be six children with eczema in every classroom – so your child’s not alone. All schools should have a medical conditions policy in place to help make sure your child stays healthy and safe, achieves their potential and makes a positive contribution. But there are also a few things you can do to help your child at school:
- Make sure the school knows your child has eczema. The school should have forms for you to complete that detail what medicines they take and when they need applying.
- Make sure your child has any eczema treatments they may need with them on any school trips and that the teachers are aware.
- If your child’s medicines change in any way, let the school know immediately so they can update their records.
- Clearly label any emollients or medicines sent into school with your child’s name and class, and make sure they’re in date.
- Check that your child is being provided with a private area to apply emollients during the school day – all schools should do this.
- Let teachers know about any specific triggers to help your child avoid a flare-up or infection.
- Make sure your child understands what they need to do at school if they feel unwell or their skin is causing them discomfort.
Teacher packs are available to download from www.eczema.org/schools.
How you can help manage your child’s eczema… And even reduce the number of flare-ups
- Talk to your child about their eczema and encourage them to be involved in looking after their skin.
- Make a note of anything you think may have triggered a flare-up and try to avoid it in the future.
- Make sure you fully understand how to apply your child’s treatments. Your child’s eczema is more likely to be controlled if they use their emollients every day for washing and moisturising.
- Learn to recognise flares-ups and signs of skin infections so you can treat them promptly.
- Keep your child’s fingernails cut short to minimise damage from scratching and reduce the risk of infection. Cotton gloves or socks can be worn over hands at night time.
- If bedtime itching is disrupting your child’s sleep, keep the bedroom cool (18°C) and use cotton linen and nightwear. You can also talk to your doctor about wraps, bandages or having some sedating antihistamines prescribed on a short-term basis to reduce night-time itching.
- Make sure your child has regular reviews with their health visitor, nurse or GP.
- If you have any concerns at all about your child’s eczema, come in store and speak to the pharmacy team or go to your doctor.
Look out for signs of infected skin… And act quickly to cure the problem
The following symptoms may be a sign that your child has an infection:
- Their skin appears scabby and may weep or pus
- Their eczema doesn’t respond to normal emollient and topical steroid treatment and suddenly gets worse
- They feel generally unwell, feverish, lethargic and have a high temperature
If you notice any of these make an appointment to see your doctor and tell them you think your child has a bacterial infection. In the meantime, don’t use bandages or cover the eczema.
When to seek emergency help
If you spot clusters of blisters that look like early cold sores and/or circular ulcers that may be weeping and crusty, and your child is feeling feverish, lethargic and unwell, contact your GP immediately and request an emergency appointment - you child may have eczema herpeticum. This is a viral infection that can spread all over the body and become very serious, so act quickly to treat the problem.
How we can help
At Lloydspharmacy, we understand how important it is for you and your child to be able to manage their eczema. We can help by talking to you both about their medicines to make sure they’re being used properly. Come in store for your chance to have a face-to-face consultation with a pharmacist and ask about any issues or concerns you may have.
Teens and psoriasis
Psoriasis shouldn’t stop you from taking part in activities at school or work. If you stay positive and take control, you’ll be able to manage your condition and carry on doing all the things you enjoy.
Psoriasis symptoms are often worse at times of stress, so it’s important to find ways to keep relaxed. This can be particularly difficult during exam times at school or stressful times at work, but stay positive and use the following tips to help you:
- Try to relieve your stress by getting your work organised
- Make a clear study plan and try to stick to it – don’t leave everything to the last minute
- If it’s only a small piece of work, get it done in the early evening so you’ve got the rest of your time free to relax
- If you’re worried about anything at school talk to your friend, teacher or a family member - they may be able to see a way to help you that you hadn’t thought of
- Try and get a good night’s sleep – it’s much easier to face the day after a good eight hours’ rest
- Focus on the positive – make time to do things you enjoy
Stay confident… With our beauty and grooming tips
When you have psoriasis, you may find your skin is sensitive to some beauty and grooming products. So always be sure to test a new product on a patch of clear skin before you apply it to your whole face or body.
When you’re shaving, be careful not to cut yourself as this can cause new areas of psoriasis to develop. Some shaving foams are highly perfumed and may irritate your skin. Instead, try using your emollient as a shaving cream - it helps the razor glide over your skin and moisturises all in one. Try to avoid hair removal creams as they contain strong chemicals which can irritate the skin. And if you want to wax, go around the plaques.
First, remember that about a third of people in the UK have a skin condition so you’re not alone. If you do want to mask the appearance of plaques, there are lots of products to help. Some are even available from your doctor, so ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information. Always test a new beauty product on a patch of clear skin before you apply it to your whole face or body.
If you suffer from scalp psoriasis, try to handle your scalp and hair carefully by not rubbing or brushing too hard. Use a pure bristle hairbrush and don’t tie or clip your hair tightly - it can cause damage and psoriasis can form in new areas. Always do a patch test before you put any beauty treatments, dyes or perms on your hair. And remember, medicated shampoos are treatments for your scalp not your hair. So wash your hair after your treatment to leave it shiny and clean.
Looking after your health… Will really help you to feel good about yourself
Eating a well-balanced diet and getting regular exercise is good advice for us all. Psoriasis shouldn’t stop you from being active or taking part in sports at school unless some parts of your skin are very sore. There’s also nothing to stop you from swimming, but apply your emollient to your skin before and after you go in the pool to keep it well moisturised.
Another thing that everyone should do is give up smoking, and if you have psoriasis it’s even more important. That’s because as well as its links to cancers and lung disease, it can make your psoriasis worse too. Smokers are twice as likely as non-smokers to develop psoriasis, and stopping smoking may help reduce the symptoms.
Smoking is also a risk factor for heart disease; a cigarette smoker is almost twice as likely to have a heart attack as a non-smoker. This is a big concern as psoriasis puts you at a greater risk of heart disease too. If you’re finding it difficult to quit, come in store and talk to the pharmacy team. Our Stop Smoking Service will give you all the support you need and advice about the best products to help make your quit attempt successful. Alternatively you can find our online solutions to quitting smoking here.