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DID YOU KNOW that 1 in 3 Australians suffer eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis? So chances are, you or someone you know will suffer from these skin conditions. Not only is physical discomfort experienced, but 43% of sufferers, also report a significant impact to their self-esteem and confidence.

1 in 10 people suffering these skin conditions, claims that their quality of life is directly impacted, both mentally and financially, with many spending over $7,000 per year in managing their conditions.

It's also hard to support a loved one suffering eczema without understanding the nature of this condition, it's triggers and treatments.

So, what is eczema?

Eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis) appears as an itchy, red rash on the body and is caused by your body’s immune system overreacting to particular irritants. While it can appear anywhere on the skin, these inflamed rashes are most common on areas of the body that bend, such as your elbows and knees. The severity of the condition varies from person-to-person and can fluctuate between mild to severe if the sufferer is unaware of their personal triggers. In its worst case, you might find yourself scratching until your skin bleeds, however itching and scratching tends to only worsen the rash, making eczema an incredibly frustrating cycle. Because of its highly visible nature, many sufferers also feel embarrassed by the condition.

What factors can flare up eczema?

It is important to remember that this type of skin problem is very common, affecting almost one third of Australians at one point in their lives according to the Eczema Association of Australasia. While it’s possible to develop eczema as an adult, most people are diagnosed with eczema as babies or as young children, with symptoms becoming less severe as the sufferer gets older.

Whilst the exact cause of eczema is unknown, – it appears to be linked to the following internal and external triggers:

A family history

of eczema, asthma or hay fever. In fact, if both parents have eczema, there is up to 80% chance that their children may also develop it.

Some foods and alcohol: 

Dairy and wheat products, citrus fruits, eggs, nuts, seafood, chemical food additives, preservatives and colourings.


As we know, external factors of stress and anxiety can have a strong physical affect on our bodies.


Tobacco smoke, chemicals, weather (hot and humid or cold and dry conditions) and air conditioning or overheating.


House dust mites, moulds, grasses, plant pollens, foods, pets and clothing, soaps, shampoos and washing.

Symptoms of eczema

If you have an itchy, red rash on your body that looks similar to the photo above, there is a good chance you have eczema. It is characterised by a rash that is worsened by heat, exercise, and sometimes stress, and is incredibly itchy. It may be always present in some form, or it may come and go, depending on your triggers and your immune system. If you think you may have eczema, always make sure you visit your doctor to have it confirmed.

Symptoms can include:

  • Itchy skin or rough, thick skin.
  • Dry, red, patchy skin or rash area anywhere on body, especially on face, hands, inside elbows and knees.
  • Skin, weeping fluid from the dry, cracked skin.

    How do I best manage my eczema symptoms?

    The best way manage your eczema is to uncover your triggers. Avoiding certain foods, fabrics or activities may help avoid a flare up. Keeping your skin moisturised and managing a neutral temperature at home will also help to reduce skin irritation.

    To help keep skin hydrated and comforted daily, or when your symptoms flare up, our Billie Goat blends are a great 'go-to'. All Billie Goat products are created with gentle ingredients and have been shown to help relieve those nasty eczema symptoms.


    What other support is available?

    The Eczema Association of Australasia  has some great resources. We also recommend that you seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional regarding your health or medical condition.
    Proud supporter of Eczema Association Australia (EAA)
    *Source: GPIIEC global survey of 3,253 patients and caregivers, 2022
    Disclaimer: The information held within this email is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical, health or personal advice. We recommend that you seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions you may have regarding your health or medical condition.

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