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.



Atopic dermatitis in the elderly: a behavioural approach
Bridgett, C & Norén, P (2015) Chapter in Geriatric Psychodermatology Eds  França, K Jafferny, M  New York: Nova Science




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?

Atopic eczema and stress in the elderly

Atopic Eczema and Attitude in the Elderly: 2

Atopic Eczema and Attitude to the Elderly: 1

Dermatitis in the elderly

Age and distribution of lichenification in chronic atopic eczema