What information about atopic dermatitis (eczema) should be given to patients?

Updated: Aug 02, 2019
  • Author: Brian S Kim, MD, MTR, FAAD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Frequently reinforce treatment and maintenance regimens with patients. Advise patients to contact the National Eczema Association for Science and Education at 4460 Redwood Hwy, Suite 16-D, San Rafael, CA 94903-1953.

Inform patients that treatment does not produce cure but good control can be achieved

Show videos to patients that show how to apply medication and that discuss the role of moisturization. A randomized controlled trial by Armstrong et al demonstrated improved patient education and clinical outcome in patients who watched a video on atopic dermatitis (AD) compared with those who received a pamphlet. [41] The study emphasized the importance of lifestyle changes and daily care in the successful treatment of AD.

For patient education resources, see Eczema.


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