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Atopic eczema: Clinical features and diagnosis

By Christine Clark, PhD, FRPharmS

EczemaAtopic eczema can have a substantial impact on a patient’s daily living. Assessment should focus on both physical and quality-of-life aspects of the disease to ensure optimal management

 

Summary

Atopic eczema (or atopic dermatitis) is an inflammatory, itchy skin condition that follows a relapsing and remitting course. It usually starts in early childhood and is often caused by a genetic defect that leads to a breakdown of the skin barrier.

Trigger factors, such as irritants and allergens, can precipitate flares of eczema or make the condition worse. Although atopic eczema is often not considered to be a serious medical condition, it can have a substantial impact on quality of life for patients and carers.

Christine Clark is a freelance journalist and chairman of the Skin Care Campaign, a UK organisation representing the interests of people with skin diseases.

Email: chris@salt.u-net.com

Citation: Clinical Pharmacist URI: 11023453

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