Newsletter #6

author/source: DrB

April Feature : Skin-safe behaviours*


Newsletter #6 
                                                                                               April 2012

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Here in London this month practitioners have had three important updates relevant to the management of atopic dermatitis. The annual Astellas Dermatology Forum this year featured Professor John McGrath, from St Thomas' Hospital, speaking on Skin Barrier Genetics, Professor  Malcolm Rustin, from The Royal Free Hospital, on Difficult to Treat Atopic Dermatitis, and Dr Tony Bewley from The Royal London Hospital on Psychodermatology. DrB noted three take-home messages:
  •  In the next few years we could have much more specific treatments for dry skin
  •  In the meantime there is a continuing problem with available treatments being sometimes disappointing in their effectiveness, and evidence that they are often not being used as intended by patients
  •  The introduction of Psychodermatology Clinics run by nurses is a way forward to providing a more comprehensive approach to the management of skin disorders, including atopic dermatitis.

New Articles in April

There are many causes of dry skin. The structural damage caused by long-term rubbing and scratching is one of them.

The microscopic structure of normal skin, compared with acute and chronic eczema, and how The Combined Approach takes four weeks to allow natural healing to occur.

Psychodermatology involves an overlap between two medical specialities, and benefits from a multidisciplinary approach

Ernest Besnier gave his name to Besnier's Prurigo, an early name for atopic eczema (atopic dermatitis).

The Combined Approach to atopic eczema is a successful approach for most, and the difficulties that occur can be usually accommodated when the circumstances of the individual are account for.

There are four main sources for the fats and oils used in emollients.

The importance emollients and moisturisers in skin care has been recognised over the ages. The ingredients of remedies recommended in the past are familiar to modern chemists.

Any way that suits the individual to keep their hands busy in a particular situation can be used for habit reversal: latest great suggestion from member MarcieMom - the iPad!

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