Eczema is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that is thought to be due to an inherited defect in the barrier function of the skin. This predisposes the individual to allergic immune responses, and with repeated immune stimulation, can cause chronic inflammation. About 15 - 20% of children in the UK suffer from atopic eczema, which, in most cases, gets better as they get older. The specific age is not clear, but it is prevalent in 2 - 10% of UK adults and in some cases, the disease persists.
Children who have atopic eczema are predisposed to subsequently developing asthma and hay fever (allergic rhinitis and allergic conjunctivitis). They are also more likely to develop type I (Immediate) hypersensitivity reactions to food. There is growing evidence that aggressive, early treatment of eczema can reduce the severity or manifestation of subsequent atopic diseases. Once you complete the module — and achieve the minimum pass rate of 60% — you'll be awarded with a downloadable 1 hour CPD Certificate, which you can print or upload to your CPD Portfolio.
This module is composed of 11 assessment questions on the advanced treatment of eczema. On successful completion of this module, you will have an improved understanding of:
The management of atopic eczema
Some common misconceptions of atopic eczema and how to address them
Some complications associated with atopic eczema
How to best use secondary referral services