Prepare your patients with helpful resources each week throughout National Eczema Awareness Month.
October begins National Eczema Awareness Month, and Dermatology Times is spotlighting a variety of resources each week to share with your patients. According to the National Eczema Association, 1 in 10 people have eczema and face continued stigma regarding their skin.1
Follow along throughout the month as additional resources are included. If you have a specific resource or association that you recommend, email us at DTEditor@mmhgroup.com to tell us more.
The National Eczema Association’s EczemaWise app helps patients keep track of their triggers, symptoms and, and treatments. With physician-provided science and input, the app can then reveal trends and highlights in patients’ flares to share with their physician. Data recording includes skin, itch, pain, sleep, stress, treatments, triggers, diet, and weather. Patients are also able to print their health data to bring to their next appointment.
The AAFA provides a comprehensive guideline of eczema and its most common subtype, atopic dermatitis. Common triggers of eczema listed by the AAFA include allergens, soaps and household cleaners, metals such as nickel, rubber products, perfumes and other fragrances, dyes, and formaldehyde. To prepare patients for their appointments, the AAFA lists possible events that may have triggered a flare, including going hiking, wearing a new necklace, or using a new laundry detergent.
The “Atopic Dermatitis: A Guide for Your Family” booklet from the Boston Children’s Hospital is a 40-page resource for patients that includes in-depth chapters on understanding, treating, and managing atopic dermatitis. Specific topics covered include recommended moisturizers, fighting infections, managing the itch-scratch cycle, teaching children about skin care, and more.
The AAD’s Eczema Resource Center features a collection of dermatologist-reviewed information and guides. Patients can look through content on types & treatments, childhood eczema, adult eczema, and insider secrets. The unique insider secret page offers informative videos and write-ups with board-certified dermatologists discussing the difference between eczema and psoriasis, relieving severe atopic dermatitis, managing eczema in the summer, how to use moisturizers, and how to avoid nickel reactions.