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Asalamualaykum Parents and Guardians,

Hope everyone is well and staying safe.

As you all know, it is very common to have dry skin and experience other skin conditions such as eczema also known as Atopic dermatitis which is an inherited, chronic inflammatory skin condition that usually appears in early childhood. Patches of skin become red, scaly and itchy. Sometimes, tiny blisters containing clear fluid can form and the affected areas of skin can weep. Weeping is a sign that the dermatitis has become infected, usually with the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus (‘golden staph’).

Symptoms of eczema

The physical effects of eczema can include:

  • skin dryness
  • red and scaly areas on the front of the elbows and the back of the knees
  • watery fluid weeping from affected skin
  • itchiness
  • lesions (sores) that may become infected by bacteria or viruses.

Treatments for eczema

Treatment options for eczema include:

  • moisturisers (emollients)
  • anti-inflammatory ointments – either topical corticosteroids or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory ointments such as pimecrolimus
  • coal tar – to reduce the itch
  • dietary changes – seek professional advice before changing your diet
  • ultraviolet radiation therapy (phototherapy)
  • oral medication (tablets).

If your child suffers from eczema, please take extra precaution during winter, and always be mindful your child is applying moisturises daily to prevent further discomfort whilst there in school. There is treatment available but it is best to discuss this further with your GP. Unfortunately, here at AIA we do not supply the treatments for eczema, but if your child suffers from it, please inform the school and supply the school with their prescribed – creams and medications catered for your child.

If you have any questions and concerns please email me at lw@aia.vic.edu.au

Kind Regards,
Ms Mhalya Waliyzada
Academy Nurse