In terms of facts and figures, all we are able to say about people with eczema in Ireland is that it affects approximately 1 in 5 children and 1 in 12 adults.
These are estimates and only offer us the lowest-definition picture of the impact and burden of eczema on tens of thousands of people and caregivers affected by this common skin disorder.
To find out more, the ISF has launched a special survey, “Living with Atopic Eczema & Eczema in Ireland”, to help us understand more the real impact of eczema. The survey can be filled in by people of all ages, whether caregivers, younger people or adults. We hope to gather 500+ completed surveys in the coming months.
The ISF is dedicated to improving the lives of Irish people living with eczema through education, awareness, our nurse Helpline and advocacy. We urge people with eczema and/or caregivers to complete this survey to help us advocate as effectively as possible.
Eczema (or atopic dermatitis) is a common, inflammatory skin condition characterised by red, dry, itchy skin. Patients with eczema can experience acute worsening of their condition, which are referred to as flares. During flares the skin becomes red which can sometimes weep, become blistered, crusted and thickened.
The symptoms of this skin disorder can range from mild to severe, and all forms of eczema can have a significant impact on the quality of life for the person with eczema, caregivers and their loved ones.