Intended for healthcare professionals

Emollient therapy in atopic dermatitis


Atopic dermatitis effects two in ten children, with an estimated cost to NHS England of over £100 million per year for emollient therapy. Treatment of atopic dermatitis using emollients restores the barrier function of the skin, increases levels of hydration to the stratum corneum, reduces itch and soothes the skin. However, the use of emollients comes with several risks that should be discussed with the patient before they begin to use the treatment, including fire risk, slip risk and folliculitis risk.

Dermatology in practice 2019; 25(3): 74–78
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