Prepare your patients with helpful resources during National Eczema Awareness Month.
October is 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.
One of the main focuses of the Allergy & Asthma Network’s “Eczema Resources for Patients” page is teaching individuals about eczema and atopic dermatitis in patients with skin of color and how these conditions can present differently among varying skin tones. The Allergy & Asthma Network’s Learning Pathways include educational videos on understanding atopic dermatitis in skin of color, the role of nurses in atopic dermatitis management, shared decision-making in atopic dermatitis, eczema medications for skin of all colors, treating and managing eczema in all skin of colors, and more. There are all free eczema podcasts featuring board-certified allergist Payel Gupta, MD, and Kortney Kwong Hong, an eczema patient.
Eli Lilly’s ECZchanges is a PDF guide for patients to help them discuss their atopic dermatitis with their health care provider. “ECZchanges: Talking About Dermatitis” is designed to help patients have “meaningful conversations” about their atopic dermatitis, as well as to help patients get the best out of their treatment plan to improve their quality of life and lessen their disease burden. The 7-page guide covers symptoms of atopic dermatitis, descriptions of a flare, avoiding triggers, atopic dermatitis in skin of color, developing a patient-practitioner partnership, and living with atopic dermatitis. Patients can also find links and QR codes throughout the guide to interviews with experts in eczema and atopic dermatitis.
“Taking proactive steps to learn more can help you feel confident that you’re doing everything you can for yourself or your child to cope with the disease,” is the clear message of Eczema Exposed. To further promote beneficial conversations between patients and health care providers, Ezema Exposed created 3 guides for patients to take to their next appointment: Infant Caregiver Doctor Discussion Guide (6 mos – 5 yrs); Child Caregivers Doctor Discussion Guide (6 –17 yrs); and Adult Doctor Discussion Guide (18+ yrs). Each guide has sections to fill out about symptoms, quality of life, life activities that are impacted, and observed triggers.
The Eczema Sample store was created by founder Stephanie who has had eczema since she was only a few months old. While trying to find the best products that worked for her sensitive skin, she would waste significant amounts of money on full-size products that did not work for her skin. Now, the Eczema Sample Store provides subscription boxes of sample-sized eczema products to help patients find the best product for their skin. Subscription options from the Eczema Sample store include seasonal eczema boxes, an annual plan, 6-month plan, seasonal plan, individual seasonal boxes for fall, winter, spring, and summer, an eczema awareness month mystery box, a mini mystery sample box, and more.