Patient Fact Sheet Eczema Fact Sheet - Aspen .Patient Fact Sheet Eczema Fact Sheet What is Eczema?
Patient Fact Sheet Eczema Fact Sheet - Aspen .Patient Fact Sheet Eczema Fact Sheet What is Eczema?

Patient Fact Sheet Eczema Fact Sheet - Aspen .Patient Fact Sheet Eczema Fact Sheet What is Eczema?

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  • Patient Fact Sheet

    Eczema Fact Sheet

    What is Eczema?

    Your Doctor has prescribed a topical corticosteroid cream to treat your Eczema.

    Below are some facts about Eczema and its treatment options that should answer some of the questions you may have regarding this skin condition.

    available, this fact sheet focuses on the use of topical corticosteroids.

    Dermatitis is the general term for any type of

    dermatitis is a common form of the disease and is a

    condition that causes itching, dryness, redness of the

    skin and may weep, bleed and crust over causing

    discomfort. Sometimes the skin may become infected.

    apparent reason.

    The exact cause of eczema is unknown, but it appears

    to be linked to internal and external factors some of the

    more commonly associated factors, are listed below:

    Internal factors can include

    Family history of eczema, asthma or hay fever

    A medical history of allergies to foods such as

    dairy and wheat products, citrus, eggs, nuts

    and seafood.

    Stress

    External factors can include

    Irritants tobacco smoke, chemicals, weather

    (hot and humid or cold and dry) air-conditioning

    or overheating.

    Allergens dust mites, moulds, grasses, plant

    pollens, foods, pets, soaps, shampoos, washing

    powders and cosmetics.

    What causes Eczema?

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  • Patient Fact Sheet

    Eczema Fact Sheet

    Sources: American Academy of Dermatology www.aad.org accessed June 2011. Eczema Association of Australasia www.eczema.org.au accessed June 2011.References: 1. Oh SH, Bae BG, Park CO et al, Association of Stress with Symptoms of atopic dermatitis. Acta Derm Venereol. 2010 Nov;90(6):582-8. 2. Australasian College of Dermatologists website www.dermcoll.asn.au accessed June 2011.

    Patient education brought to you by Aspen Pharmacare Australia Pty Ltd3436 Chandos Street, St Leonards NSW 2065 Tel: 02 8436 8300 | mail to: aspen@aspenpharmacare.com.au | www.aspenpharma.com.au | Aspen Australia comprises Aspen Asia Pacific Pty Ltd (ABN 75 146 444 484) and its subsidiaries, including Aspen Pharmacare Australia Pty Ltd (ABN 51 096 236 985), Aspen Pharma Pty Ltd (ABN 88 004 118 594), Aspen Nutritionals Australia Pty Limited ACN 160607509, Orphan Holdings Pty Ltd (ABN 50 115 816 209), Orphan Australia Pty Ltd (ABN 11 067 189 342) and Aspen Products Pty Ltd (ABN 17 003 144 170). Prepared: Dec 2015 ASP989

    How do you avoid Eczema breakouts?

    The list below may help avoid breakouts, the most

    important is to keep the skin moist by using daily

    moisturiser.

    Wear 100% cotton or soft fabrics

    Use rubber gloves with cotton liners

    Lukewarm baths or showers with non-soap

    cleansers

    Gently patting the skin dry, dont rub

    Regular use of a moisturising preparation, which

    should also be applied after a bath or a shower

    When possible avoid rapid changes of temperature

    and activities that raise a sweat

    Try to reduce daily stress situations

    Learning your eczema triggers and how to

    avoid them

    Treatment options

    Topical Corticosteroids

    How are Topical Corticosteroids applied?

    The goal of treating eczema is to heal the skin, prevent

    skin well moisturised. Treatment may include topical

    corticosteroids, sedating antihistamines, wet bandaging

    and antibiotics for secondary infections.

    `Topical means something that is applied to the skin

    and topical corticosteroids are used in the management

    and help make the skin less red, hot, itchy and sore.

    Your Doctor will have instructed you on how often to

    apply the topical corticosteroid, it is important to follow

    these instructions. Depending on the type prescribed,

    it may be once, twice or three times per day. Topical

    corticosteroids should be applied sparingly to the

    itching, stinging, tingling, acneform reaction.

    You may be given more than one topical corticosteroid to treat your eczema. Make sure that you are clear which preparation to use on which part of the body. If in doubt talk to your pharmacist or contact your Doctor.

    This factsheet has been produced by Aspen Australia and is of a general nature only. It is not intended to replace the need for consultation with your doctor. If you have further questions about Eczema or its

    treatment, please speak to your healthcare professional