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Atopic eczema in the elderly
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.