This book presents the state of the art in research into atopic dermatitis,
or atopic eczema, and provides numerous effective practical management recommendations
that are grounded in the immense clinical experience of the author. A scientific
evidence-based approach to the subject is adopted, progressing from clinical
symptoms in different disease stages, molecular genetics, and pathophysiology
through to treatment and prevention. All aspects of patient management are covered,
including diagnostics, avoidance strategies, emollient therapy, and acute treatment
of eczema and itch. Diverse special therapeutic approaches are discussed, ranging
from glucocorticoids, topical calcineurin inhibitors, and antimicrobial therapy
through to UV therapy, allergen-specific immunotherapy, systemic immunosuppressive
therapy, and emerging options. Environmental influences are considered, and
there is a focus on the whole human being, with attention to psychosocial aspects
of the disease and the benefit of educational programs such as "eczema
Atopic Dermatitis will be invaluable for dermatologists, allergists, pediatricians, and general practitioners and informative for other interested persons and sufferers.
General Introduction.- Epidemiology of Atopic Eczema.- Clinical Symptoms of Atopic Eczema in its Different Stages.- Pathophysiology of Atopic Eczema.- Management of Patients with Atopic Eczema.- Special Therapeutic Options and Pharmacologic Substances in the Treatment of Atopic Eczema.- Prevention.- Summary: "How to Live with Atopic Eczema".