On this page you will find articles that have been published in past editions of Exchange, our quarterly magazine for Society members. Please feel free to download these articles by clicking on each headline. Please note to view these articles, you will need a pdf reader such as Adobe Acrobat.
Most people with eczema find that it improves in the summer months and this is partly due to increased exposure to sunlight (ultraviolet light), which in moderation can have a beneficial effect. A small percentage of atopic eczema sufferers find that the sun makes their eczema worse.
Dr Christine Clark, a pharmacist with specialist knowledge in dermatology, discusses the main treatments for eczema from making sense of topical formulations, antihistamines (what they are and what they do), using topical corticosteroids and using topical calcineurin inhibitors safely and effectively.
Dr Saleem Taibjee, Consultant Paediatric Dermatologist, Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Dr Carolyn Charman, Consultant Dermatologist, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, outline the real risks of using topical steroids as well as the benefits in treating eczema.
Behavioural medicine - of which behavioural dermatology is a part - links medicine with human behaviour in order to improve our undertanding of physical illness, and therefore improve its treatment. Article By Dr Christopher Bridgett, Consultant Psychiatrist, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London.
Ask the Expert is an opportunity for Exchange readers to put questions to our panel of dermatology healthcare professionals: Dr Christine Clark (pharmacist), Dr Andrew Wright, (Consultant Dermatologist), Julie Van Onselen (Dermatology Nurse), Dr George Moncrief (GP with a special interest in skin), Dr Donna Thompson (Consultant, General Dermatology/ Paediatrics/Cutaneous Allergy) & Julie Carr (Clinical Nurse Specialist, Dermatology).
Articles from Sept 2011 to August 2012 are collated into a 14-page E-book which you can read, share, download and print.
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Exchange Information Articles: John Fuller
Washing clothes and the impact it can have for anyone with eczema is rigorously debated. Regular contributor John Fuller looks at what the problematic chemicals are and what to avoid.
The challenge of enjoying exercise without exacerbating your eczema can be a delicate balancing act. John Fuller, a regular contributor to Exchange magazine, shares advice on how to minimise the risk.
Freelance journalist and former Information Team member John Fuller offers practical advice around shaving and clothing for our male readers.
John Fuller examines how stress can provoke a flare-up of eczema and also inhibit recovery.
Beating the Itch Series
Dr Theresa Wynne, Principal Clinical Psychologist from the Psychology Department at Sheffield Children's Hospital, offers parents and carers a new way to support those living with the itch. Introduction to a series of articles we are carrying in 2012.
Introducing a new series of articles especially for children, designed to equip them with vital skills to better manage their eczema in the future. Includes: what is eczema, what it looks like, what causes it and an eczema diary.
Principal Clinical Psychologist Dr Theresa Wynne and the team at Sheffield Children’s Hospital shared their hints and tips around trigger factors in eczema.
The final article in our series especially for children designed to equip them with vital skills to better manage their eczema.
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