Interview transcription:

In an interview, Penelope Pratsou gives advice on what to do if you have eczema. 

What should you do if you have eczema?

Penelope Pratsou: If you have eczema or think you might have it, you could simply ring up the number below and book in for a consultation with myself. I would then, if you’re the person with eczema or if your child is the person with eczema, want to see you, take a careful history of what’s been going on and the duration of time it’s been going on for…

The first step to feeling in charge of your skin is to book an initial consultation


Penelope Pratsou: We’d speak about any specific triggers you might have noticed. Clearly, I’d want to know what you’ve tried before, and I’d want to have a look at your skin in good detail, to assess what type of eczema you might have and how extensive it is. Based on that, I can recommend a good treatment plan for you, and we can take it from there.

If you notice that you have any of the symptoms or conditions that we’ve just discussed, we invite you to book a consultation with Dr Penelope Pratsou. She’ll be able to assess your situation and give you a personalised treatment plan.

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Dr Penelope Pratsou | Consultant Dermatologist

MBChB, MRCP (UK) (Dermatology)

I’m Dr Penelope Pratsou, a skilled independent Consultant Dermatologist based in Berkshire. I have specialist expertise in the diagnosis and management of all skin cancers, and in performing mole checks. I’m a trained skin surgeon and remove skin cancers, moles, skin tags, cysts and warts.

I also have invaluable experience in dealing with all skin conditions, from the common skin complaints of acne, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis, to the rarer and more complex skin problems, having seen it all through years of NHS work.

After I obtained my Membership to the Royal College of Physicians, I undertook rigorous specialist training in dermatology, before being appointed as a Consultant Dermatologist at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading. There, I helped set up and lead a busy clinic for the diagnosis and treatment of suspected skin cancer. I was also actively involved in supervising and training both dermatology and GP trainees.

Alongside my increasingly busy private practice, I have maintained an NHS practice in Oxford in order to continue to engage with challenging cases and to develop my specialist interest in skin allergy.