Eczema and other common skin conditions

Eczema is a common chronic inflammatory disorder usually first seen in childhood. Atopic eczema affects approximately 20% of children and 1 -3 % of adults. It has often been recognised as the first step in the development of other atopic disorders namely rhinitis and/or asthma. It occurs in both sexes and start in the first months of life. Depending on the severity of the disorder it may have adverse effects on one’s quality of life. It can effect one’s emotional, psychological and social wellbeing.

Have a look at this presentation aimed across disciplines and then answer these questions.

Eczema – Multidiscipinary Approaches to Common Skin Conditions

Pathophysiology Exogenous and Endogenous

Atopic Eczema

Contact Dermatitis

Discoid Eczema

Seborrhoeic Eczema

Doctor’s Role

Pharmacist’s Role

Nurse’s Role

Other Treatments for Atopic Eczema


Other Therapies and Cows Milk Protein Allergy

Practical Advice



  1. What is eczema?
  2. How is it diagnosed?
  3. What are the differences between eczema and psoriasis?
  4. What are the medical treatments for eczema?
  5. What are the alternative and complementary treatments for atopic eczema?
  6. What advice would you give the parents/ guardian of a child with eczema?


Further learning

Sign 125. (2011) Management of atopic eczema in primary care A national clinical guideline.

Ring, J., Alomar, A., Bieber, T., Deleuran, M., Fink‐Wagner, A., Gelmetti, C., Gieler, U., Lipozencic, J., Luger, T., Oranje, A.P., Schäfer, T., Schwennesen, T., Seidenari, S., Simon, D., Ständer, S., Stingl, G., Szalai, S., Szepietowski, J.C., Taïeb, A., Werfel, T., Wollenberg, A. & Darsow, U. (2012) Guidelines for treatment of atopic eczema (atopic dermatitis) Part I. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, 26(8), 1045-1060.