Newsletter #4

author/source: DrB

                                February Feature: How To Relax*

Newsletter #4                                                                                         February 2012


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                                            NEW IN FEBRUARY

As promised in the last newsletter, there is now a Comments Corner. A membership website is not just for visiting: it's also for staying awhile and sometimes commenting on and discussing what you find here, contributing to the debate and sometimes giving support to others. I go through the articles regularly to monitor activity and ensure all is OK. As I do so I now transfer comments, added to particular articles, on to one special place: Comments Corner, in the category Community. There you can can quickly see which articles have had comments added, and I hope you will be encouraged to put your fingers on your keyboard too - why not?

How Barack Obama on The State of the Union links with Samuel Smiles and Self-Help: Samuel Smiles noted the importance of self-help but the success of the self-help movement is based on teamwork - and is best seen as complementary to professional help, rather than alternative.

How to Relax Without Relaxation Techniques. Often, the inability to relax stems from a racing brain. Getting control of "mind chatter" is more than half the battle. A simple introduction to relaxation from wikiHow.

A new audiovisual introduction for the site, taken from an opportunity this month to talk about The Combined Approach with nurses meeting from all over the UK in Birmingham. This presentation is now on special offer as a free download.

Chronic rubbing is especially hazardous for the eyes: use of The Combined Approach can prevent long-term problems.

The importance of psychodermatology in dermatology is increasingly realised, but there are problems in finding the necessary resources. DrB suggests the specialist dermatology nurse is ideally placed to lead multidisciplinary psychodermatogy services.

Localised areas of chronic eczema can sometimes be successfully treated using hydrocolloidal gel dressings over one application of topical steroid per week.

Active eczema and recently healed skin can react with certain foods like oranges, lemons and tomatoes: this is not allergy however, and does not recur once the skin has fully recovered.

What are The Two Things that are most important to achieve success treating chronic atopic eczema?

Please get in touch with me whenever you like with your comments and suggestions. I look forward to members sharing information about themselves and their experience, in Member Profiles and in The Forum. The site gets bigger every month: please alert me to any difficulties with what is provided, such as broken links and videos not working!

Dr Christopher Bridgett