An overview of atopic dermatitis.

Jon M. Hanifin

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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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-9
Number of pages4
JournalDermatology nursing / Dermatology Nurses' Association
StatePublished - Aug 2003
Externally publishedYes

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  • Medicine(all)


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