Atopic dermatitis (AD) is an inflammatory disease, characterized by marked pruritus, which typically assumes a chronically relapsing course. Although AD is primarily a childhood disease, 60% to 70% of adults with AD suffer from hand eczema. Caring for patients with AD is time consuming and difficult. Patients and parents need proper education and detailed instructions from nurses and physicians to avoid flares and complications. Recognizing signs of infection and beginning appropriate treatment for them are important. Instruction on corticosteroid therapy as well as use of topical immunomodulators is crucial to effective acute and long-term management of AD.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Dermatology nursing / Dermatology Nurses' Association|
|State||Published - Aug 2003|
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