PCDS atopic eczema guideline

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An overview of the management of atopic eczema. Covers taking a clinical history, step-by-step treatment, and includes an eczema management plan.

Clinical features of atopic eczema may include itching, redness, scaling, and clustered papulovesicles. The condition may be induced by a wide range of external and internal factors, acting alone or in combination.

Atopic eczema usually occurs in people who have a history of atopy, which means that they may have a tendency to develop any or all of three closely linked conditions: atopic eczema, asthma, and allergic rhinitis. Although eczema presents most frequently in childhood it can present at any age, and one-third of all new cases arise in adults.

This Guidelines for Nurses summary covers the history, clinical findings, and stepwise management of people with atopic eczema.

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