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The treatment of atopic eczema in adults

Atopic eczema is a chronic inflammatory skin disease that predominantly occurs in childhood, with the majority (60%) of cases clearing spontaneously by adolescence. However, around 2% of adults are also affected by the disease, and in these patients the disease usually represents a lifelong chronic management problem. Most patients are managed in the community, where adults represent over a third of all atopic eczema cases.1 In this article, we discuss the current treatment options available for these patients, highlighting areas where evidence for treatments remains lacking.
Dermatology in practice 2000; 8(4): 21–24
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