Current clinical practice in atopic dermatitis
Katy Mara Odedra Asthma and allergy clinical nurse specialist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, St Mary’s Hospital, London
Atopic dermatitis affects both children and adults, and often presents in early life as itchy, dry skin primarily located on the face, trunk and limbs. There is usually a history of family or personal atopic disease and an increased blood level of the allergic antibody immunoglobulinE. The mainstays of treatment are emollients and corticosteroid ointments and/or creams. Other therapies include immunomodulators and management of any associated infections. Caring for a patient with atopic dermatitis requires skilled assessment, effective education and the ability to involve and support patients and carers in the management of this condition.
Nursing Standard. 28, 49, 45-51. doi: 10.7748/ns.28.49.45.e8956Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer review
Received: 07 March 2014
Accepted: 12 May 2014