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Atopic eczema: Management

By Christine Clark, PhD, FRPharmS

Managing eczemaThe education of patients and their carers on avoiding trigger factors, using emollients effectively and adopting a stepped management plan is essential for successful treatment of eczema.

Summary

The treatment of atopic eczema is centred around identification and avoidance of trigger factors, effective use of emollients and the implementation of a stepped-care plan for managing flares.

The stepped-care model involves identifying the severity of a patient’s eczema at any particular time and providing treatment as appropriate.

Mild atopic eczema can usually be managed with emollients alone or in combination with topical corticosteroids. Moderate eczema may require the addition of immunotherapeutic medicines such as topical tacrolimus. Systemic immunosuppressants might be needed for severe atopic eczema.

 

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: 11023454

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