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Atopic eczema in the elderly

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The practitioners manual ATOPIC SKIN DISEASE has five main chapters, each indicated by the drawings at the top of this page. Clicking on each of these takes you to the beginning of each chapter.

Here below we now offer a series of more recent articles on understanding and coping with atopic eczema in old age. Although other types of eczema are more common in the elderly, atopic eczema is increasing. When it becomes chronic through habitual scratching, it responds well to The Combined Approach.

As with younger patients, The Combined Approach for the elderly involves three levels of treatment - Emollients, Topical Steroids, and Habit Reversal.

Account is taken also of three additional dimensions - Attitudes of the Patient, Attitudes of Others, and the role played by Stress.

The effectiveness of the approach is dependent on it being followed as a treatment programme: a series of interventions based on assessment and review of progress, as treament is explained and followed over several weeks.



  Sunshine, vitamin D and atopic eczema
  Atopic Eczema: Getting ready to use The Combined Approach
  Atopic eczema and allergy tests
  From the clinic #5: Moisturising made easy for the elderly
  Psychodermatology services, atopic eczema and habit reversal
  The Combined Approach to atopic eczema in the elderly
  Habit reversal for the elderly
  Topical steroids and the elderly
  Emollient use for the elderly
  Why does the skin dry in old age?