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REFERENCE LIBRARY

Your gateway to the most useful and reliable information on the Web about eczema and sensitive skin.

Learning the basics about eczema and the best ways to cope with itchy, sensitive skin is an important key to alleviating unnecessary suffering from the problem. But it can be daunting and frustrating to screen through the vast piles of information available on the Web. The purpose of the Reference Library is to guide readers to the most useful and reliable information with:

  • Reviews of websites that provide information relating to chronic itchy skin problems and eczema
  • Links to relevant organizations and resources
  • Selected reference information, including articles, videos and news releases. Medical journal articles and clinical guidelines, which your medical professionals are reading, provide the most up-to-date clinical advice on managing eczema.

A. WEBSITES AND REVIEWS (Legend)

  1. Eczema & Sensitive Skin Information for Patients and Their Families
    (Listed Alphabetically)
  2. Visual Resources on Eczema and Other Skin Conditions
  3. Information on Skin Care Product Ingredients and Medications
  4. Organizations and Treatment Centers
  5. News on Eczema and Skin Conditions
  6. Government Resources
  7. Associated Health Issues

B. SELECTED REFERENCE INFORMATION


A. WEBSITES AND REVIEWS

1. ECZEMA & SENSITIVE SKIN INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES (listed alphabetically)

American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology
[Bullet] www.aaaai.org/patients/allergic_conditions/eczema.stm

Description: The Academy is a major medical organization in the United States representing asthma specialists, clinical immunologists, and other health professionals who treat and study allergic disease. The website's "Tips to Remember: Allergic Skin Conditions" summarizes the difference between hives and contact dermatitis versus chronic eczema.

Content: Basic to In-Depth

Readability: Easy to Advanced

Highlights: The AAAAI's "skin allergy" medication guide lists various topical corticosteroid preparations by strength and dosage, with links to downloadable PDFs of product information inserts.

Tip: Plug "eczema" into the site's search engine to turn up other articles on the skin condition.


American Academy of Dermatology
[Bullet] www.aad.org/public/publications/pamphlets/skin_eczema.html

Description: The Academy is the leading professional society for American dermatologists. The "public center" section of its website offers pamphlets that help distinguish between skin rashes from chronic eczema versus hives, poison ivy, contact allergies or a dry-skin condition called keratosis pilaris. Look up "eczema" under the "Derm A-Z" section for relevant articles.

Content: In-Depth

Readability: Easy

Highlights: The "Find a Dermatologist" feature at www.aad.org/findaderm/ locates skin specialists in your area.


American Academy of Family Physicians Eczema: What You Should Know
[Bullet] www.aafp.org/afp/20070301/709ph.html

Description: The AAFP is the professional society representing family doctors in the U.S. Its flagship journal is American Family Physician.

Content: Basic

Readability: Easy

Highlights: "Eek! It's Eczema" is a webpage on itchy skin written for kids.


DermNet NZ
[Bullet] www.dermnetnz.org/dermatitis/atopic.html

Description: As the website of the New Zealand Dermatological Society, DermNet NZ is an authoritative resource rich with information about skin problems and treatments. The content is specific to New Zealand only, so therapies that are mentioned may or may not be available in other countries. The site tends to use a lot of medical and scientific jargon, but it provides a valuable service by integrating plenty of pictures of what atopic dermatitis rashes look like — and at different ages — into explanations about the condition. DermNet NZ also is up to date on a new theory that a major underlying cause of inflammation in chronic eczema may be an inherited physical defect of the skin barrier. The site has sponsorship from pharmaceutical and personal care companies ranging from 3M and Neutrogena to Schering-Plough and Galderma.

Content: In-Depth to Technical

Readability: Technical

Highlights: DermNet NZ is one of the few sites that shows you photos of the skin thinning and stretch marks that may sometimes develop as side effects of using topical steroids.


Eczema Canada EASE Program (Eczema Awareness, Support and Education)
[Bullet] www.eczemacanada.ca/en/home.php

Description: This nicely designed, user-friendly website was developed for Canadians with an educational grant from Astellas Pharma Canada, which makes a steroid-free drug ointment for atopic dermatitis. The Canada EASE Program's main focus is self-care, providing helpful tips on living with chronic eczema. Visitors will find suggestions for adults on selecting makeup and skin cleansers that aren't irritating, and ideas for managing a child's itchy rashes at school. Free educational resources are available for download, including issues of The Eczaminer newsletter. Interactive features include quick polls, a pop quiz, and an "Ask the Doctor" section. The Canada EASE Program has won four Public Education Awards from the Canadian Dermatology Association.

Content: In-Depth

Readability: Easy

Highlights: PDFs of the brochure "Eczema: It's Time To Take Control" are available in English, French, Mandarin, Vietnamese and Punjabi. Also available is a French version of the Canada EASE website.


Eczema Guide
[Bullet] www.eczemaguide.ca

Description: This helpful consumer resource gives a lot of information on what eczema is, why it happens, and what to do about it. The website has a no-frills design, but includes articles written by physicians, digital images of rashes, useful diagrams with clickable features, and a glossary of dermatology terms. Reference citations for relevant medical studies are often included.

The website is a member of the SkinCareGuide Network (www.skincareguide.com), a company founded by an international group of dermatologists. Its medical advisory board includes dermatology professors from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Yale University and Boston University. Funded with unrestricted educational grants from a dozen industry sponsors, including Allergan, Inc., Astellas Pharma Canada, and Procter & Gamble.

Content: In-Depth

Readability: Advanced to Technical

Highlights: You can download a handy patient care calendar. Learn about the different strength concentrations of topical corticosteroids from this chart.


EczemaNet
[Bullet] www.skincarephysicians.com/eczemanet/whatIs.html

Description: An excellent, easy-to-navigate website with comprehensive original content about different types of eczema (including selected photos of various kinds of rashes), treatments, and advice on preventing flare-ups. The site is an educational program of the American Academy of Dermatology, with industry sponsors including Amgen, Wyeth, and the Allergan Foundation. Content is reviewed by dermatologists.

Content: In-Depth

Readability: Easy

Highlights: Learn how to tell when a rash is infected, and what to do about it.


eMedicineHealth
[Bullet] www.emedicinehealth.com/eczema/article_em.htm

Description: eMedicineHealth is a consumer health information website also owned by WebMD. Parts of the content in this resource about eczema are the same as what you find in WebMD's Eczema Health Center (see WebMD review below) covering various types of itchy skin rashes.

Content: In-Depth

Readability: Easy

Highlights: After you answer a basic questionnaire of symptoms about your skin rash, the Rash Diagnosis List Creator gives a list of potential diagnoses.


Everyday Health: Eczema — What Is It?
[Bullet] www.everydayhealth.com/health-information/eczema-what-is-it.aspx

Description: Everyday Health is a commercial consumer health website with the goal of delivering practical solutions, in-depth expert advice and support communities that help people with medical conditions live better lives. The site covers general basics about the different types of eczema in its Health A-Z section, but also gives some more details elsewhere, such as in quick Q&As; with skin or allergy experts, or in physician-reviewed articles in the "Solutions for Dry Skin Prevention" section. These various pieces of content on chronic skin rashes currently aren't all cross-linked to each other from any one web page, so the easiest way to find everything is by plugging "eczema" into the search engine.

Content: Basic

Readability: Easy

Highlights: For a more in-depth discussion of atopic dermatitis, listen to an interview with an allergy and immunology professor in a webcast titled "The Five Most Common Skin Allergies".


National Eczema Society
[Bullet] www.eczema.org

Description: The National Eczema Society is a London-based patient support charity organization that provides independent practical advice on coping with atopic dermatitis. In addition to hosting a helpline for United Kingdom residents, the organization funds and supports eczema research. This reader-friendly website supplies some of the nitty-gritty answers that patients or their parents want to know about what's different about eczema-prone skin, and how to apply topical medications and use moisturizers, or emollients, to soothe itchy skin. Content includes articles written by patients and health professionals for the society's quarterly magazine, Exchange.

Content: In-Depth

Readability: Easy

Highlights: PDFs of excellent factsheets cover topics such as the difference between lotion and cream emollients, strategies for managing atopic dermatitis in kids, and the role of complementary therapies.


Penny's World
[Bullet] www.pennysworld.ca/english/

Description: Penny's World is one of the few online resources specifically designed to speak to kids. The bilingual and interactive site features web animations of a talking, pig-tailed cartoon character named Penny who serves as a guide to information about eczema. Two downloadable books for youngsters help them understand their skin rashes and include coloring pages, crosswords, and tips for parents: "Penny's EGG-im-ah" tells her story of life with atopic dermatitis. "Under My Skin" is an in-depth tutorial on controlling the condition and coping with its emotional challenges, with quotes from kids and teens. The website is provided by the Canada Eczema Awareness, Support and Education (EASE) Program that is funded by drug maker Astellas Pharma Canada. Content is intended for Canadian residents.

Content: Basic to In-Depth

Readability: Easy

Highlights: Children or their parents can download a copy of a "trigger chart" from the Eczema FAQ section to help track factors that aggravate their skin rashes.


Times Health Guide on Eczema
[Bullet] health.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/eczema/overview.html

Description: The Time Health Guide is a comprehensive online medical library for consumers from the New York Times, covering 3000+ diseases and health topics. Each package includes an encyclopedic reference information (from A.D.A.M.) describing a health problem, with relevant diagrams. An accompanying Times Essentials series of articles and interviews with leading experts offers insights into the latest discoveries, advances, issues or controversies for that condition. The "Reporter's File" update in the Eczema Health Guide describes new evidence that chronic eczema may arise from a genetic defect in the skin barrier.

Content: In-Depth

Readability: Easy to Advanced

Highlights: The "Questions for Your Doctor" article lists talking points to discuss about eczema when you see your physician. "Five Things to Know" explains how to use moisturizers and topical steroids to control flare-ups


WebMD Atopic Dermatitis – Topic Overview
[Bullet] www.webmd.com/allergies/tc/atopic-dermatitis-topic-overview

Description: WebMD is an internet company that offers consumer health reference information, slideshows, support communities and tools for managing your health. The Atopic Dermatitis section is easy to surf, and it's a useful, comprehensive resource on chronic eczema that goes beyond the basics. For instance, the "What Happens" page outlines what to expect in infants and children with the condition, versus teenagers and adults, and complications to watch for. Links within articles take you to medical definitions or related information on, say, steroid ointments or irritants to avoid.

WebMD also has an Eczema Health Center covering various types of itchy skin rashes, with links to occasional news headlines about eczema.

Content: In-Depth

Readability: Easy to Advanced

Highlights: WebMD provides an "Actionset" on skin care for atopic dermatitis. You can watch a web video called "Eczema: The Emotional Side".


2. VISUAL RESOURCES ON ECZEMA AND OTHER SKIN CONDITIONS

Atopic Dermatitis Images, DermNet NZ
[Bullet] www.dermnetnz.org/dermatitis/atopic-imgs.html

Description: See review above.


VisualDxHealth
[Bullet] www.visualdxhealth.com

Description: A well-designed website from Logical Images, a company with an extensive library of digital medical images for aiding in clinical decision-making. VisualDxHealth's unique combination of health content plus thousands of photos is valuable in helping consumers visually hone in on a diagnosis for a skin problem. The resource covers 170 skin and visual conditions ranging from itchy rashes and acne to staph bacterial infections. Disease write-ups — which are created and reviewed by physicians and qualified health care professionals — are tailored as appropriate by age group, such as for babies vs. adults.

Content: In-Depth

Readability: Easy

Highlights: The Skin Disease Finder is a cool tool that walks you through three steps to help identify a skin condition by age group, gender and body location.


DermNet Skin Disease Image Atlas
[Bullet] www.dermnet.com

Description: A medical reference photo library of more than 23,000 pictures of skin diseases, published by International Medical Media LLC. You can look up pictures of atopic dermatitis and eczema to compare to the skin rashes on yourself or your child.


3. INFORMATION ON SKIN CARE PRODUCT INGREDIENTS AND MEDICATIONS

Cosmetics Info.org
[Bullet] www.cosmeticsinfo.org

Description: Sponsored by the Personal Care Products Council (formerly the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association), the trade association representing companies that make cosmetics and personal care products. The website offers a searchable database of information on thousands of cosmetic ingredients and their function and safety, with links to other off-site resources.

Content: In-Depth

Readability: Easy to Advanced

Highlights: The "More Safety Information" summary provided for each ingredient includes links to relevant documents from regulatory agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration and the European Union.


Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database
[Bullet] www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/index.php

Description: Skin Deep is a safety guide to personal care products created by the Environmental Working Group, a Washington, D.C.-based research and advocacy nonprofit. EWG's investigators conduct their own independent data analyses and review the scientific literature on chemicals and contaminants that pose a threat to your health and the environment. Their safety-rating methods and results have been controversial in some quarters. However, the Skin Deep database is a unique, comprehensive and user-friendly resource that lets you look up the ingredients of specific cosmetic products and see if there are any potential warning flags.

Content: In-Depth

Readability: Easy to Advanced

Highlights: If you know the name of a specific ingredient that irritates your skin, you can easily use the Skin Deep search engine to check which products contain it.


The European Commission's Scientific Committee on Consumer Products (SCCP)
[Bullet] ec.europa.eu/health/ph_risk/committees/04_sccp/04_sccp_en.htm

Description: The SCCP is the expert advisory body that assesses health risks relating to consumer products in the European Union. The panel issues scientific opinions evaluating the safety of cosmetic and consumer product ingredients including fragrances and preservatives.

Content: Technical

Readability: Technical

Highlights: Scientific opinions on specific ingredients are posted by date of issue here ec.europa.eu/health/ph_risk/committees/04_sccp/sccp_opinions_en.htm. Look here for opinions prior to 2005 ec.europa.eu/health/ph_risk/committees/sccp/sccp_opinions_en.htm

Tip: If you're researching a specific ingredient, the easiest way to look up an SCCP opinion is to use the search engine ec.europa.eu/health/search_en.htm


MedlinePlus Drugs, Supplements, and Herbal Information
[Bullet] www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginformation.html

Description: This searchable database is provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. It gives you basics on how a drug or supplement is supposed to be beneficial, how to take it, and potential side effects.

Content: In-Depth

Readability: Easy to Advanced


DailyMed
[Bullet] dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/about.cfm

Description: This website from the U.S. National Library of Medicine provides high-quality information about marketed drugs. You can search for and download detailed drug label information from specific manufacturers that they submitted to the Food and Drug Administration.

Content: Technical

Readability: Technical


4. ORGANIZATIONS AND TREATMENT CENTERS

The Eczema Center at Rady Children's Hospital and the University of California in San Diego
[Bullet] www.eczemacenter.org/eczema_center

Description: The Rady's eczema website is one of the best, most informative resources out there, laying out explanations of atopic dermatitis, treatments and self-care strategies in clear, reader-friendly language. The "Virtual Curriculum" features short videos demonstrating techniques such as wet wraps and bleach baths. For those who want to know more medical details, the "Eczema Primer" provides excellent background, including digital images of different kinds of skin rashes; however, it uses advanced medical terms that you may need to look up.

The website was created in partnership with the National Eczema Association and the UC San Diego School of Medicine. Commercial sponsors include Aveeno, Quinnova, Medicis, SkinMedica, Stiefel.

Content: In-Depth

Readability: Easy to Technical

Highlights: PDFs of handouts on bleach baths and wet wraps can be downloaded.


National Jewish Health
[Bullet] www.nationaljewish.org
[Bullet] www.nationaljewish.org/programs/pediatric/atopic-dermatitis.aspx

Description: Denver-based National Jewish is a leading treatment and research center for chronic eczema, among other disorders of the immune and respiratory systems. Its NJ4kids atopic dermatitis program offers a comprehensive approach to diagnosing and treating eczema, including intensive education of patients and their families on management and self-care techniques. Its website offers a few articles on the condition.

Content: Basic to In-Depth

Readability: Easy

Highlights: Check out National Jewish's excellent "Soak and Seal" tips. The center also runs an Art Therapy for Eczema program.


Northwestern University Eczema Care & Education Center
[Bullet] www.eczemacarecenter.com

Description: The Eczema Care & Education Center is a new program of the department of dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Open on Saturday mornings, the center holds educational sessions — free with pre-registration — to teach patients and their families about chronic eczema and skin care techniques. The program also hosts a patient support group. The website's content on eczema is still under development.


5. NEWS ON ECZEMA AND SKIN CONDITIONS

Dermatology Times
[Bullet] dermatologytimes.modernmedicine.com/Atopic+Dermatitis%20/%20Eczema

Description: A monthly print/digital newsmagazine published by Advanstar Communications for dermatologists that covers the latest news and trends in their specialty, including reports about eczema research. Selected articles are accessible for free. Subscriptions for non-physicians cost $95 a year.

Content: Technical

Readability: Technical


New York Times Eczema Health Guide: News and Features
[Bullet] health.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/eczema/news-and-features.html

Description: Digital news and feature articles about eczema and itchy skin from the New York Times archive, currently accessible without charge with free website registration and login.

Content: In-Depth

Readability: Easy


Skin & Allergy News
[Bullet] www.skinandallergynews.com

Description: A monthly trade newspaper published by the International Medical News Group for dermatologists that delivers news and commentary and tracks practice trends in the universe of surgical, medical and aesthetic dermatology. Selected articles are accessible for free. U.S. subscriptions for non-physicians cost $103 a year.

Content: Technical

Readability: Technical

Highlights: PDFs of industry-sponsored supplements on atopic dermatitis treatment are available for download from the Skin & Allergy News medical education library.


Topix.com
[Bullet] www.topix.com/health/eczema

Description: Topix.com is a news aggregator and community website that pulls together links to thousands of news articles from sources around the world. Users can read, edit, post, share, and discuss news articles on topics of their choosing.

Content: links to Basic to Technical articles

Readability: Easy to Technical

Highlights: The website hosts a discussion forum on eczema.


6. GOVERNMENT RESOURCES

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases:

Fast Facts: What Is Atopic Dermatitis?
[Bullet] www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Atopic_Dermatitis/atopic_dermatitis_ff.asp

Handout on Health: Atopic Dermatitis
[Bullet] www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Atopic_Dermatitis/default.asp

Description: NIAMS is the government health agency that supports research and education on skin conditions. The Fast Facts pamphlet briefly covers the basics and explains the difference between chronic eczema (atopic dermatitis) versus other kinds of skin rashes. For expanded, in-depth information, see the 40-page Handout on Health brochure.

Content: Basic to In-Depth

Readability: Easy

Highlights: Health information on eczema is available in Spanish.


MedlinePlus: Eczema
[Bullet] www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/eczema.html

Description: The National Library of Medicine's consumer-friendly health reference website is a valuable jumping-off point for researching information on eczema and other conditions. It guides you to other trustworthy online resources.

Content: links to Basic to In-Depth articles

Readability: Easy to Advanced

Highlights: MedlinePlus has a medical dictionary for looking up medical terms, and a drug reference database.


MEDLINE / PubMed
[Bullet] www.pubmed.gov

Description: A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, PubMed lets you delve deeper to find out about research at the cutting edge. It is a searchable database of abstracts of articles published in biomedical research journals.

Content: Technical

Readability: Technical

Highlights: Newcomers can learn how to do keyword searches on PubMed from a tutorial.

Tips:

  • Possible search terms might include "atopic dermatitis," "atopic eczema," "chronic eczema."
  • Limit the search results to "review" or "practice guideline" to bring up overview articles that sum up the medical profession's thinking on eczema care.
  • Use the MedlinePlus dictionary to look up unfamiliar medical or scientific terms.


Food & Drug Administration
[Bullet] www.fda.gov

Description: The FDA is the federal agency overseeing approval and safety of drugs and medical treatments in the United States. Online resources range from health information for consumers and press releases for the media to documents on regulations for drug makers.

Content: Basic to Technical

Readability: Easy to Technical

Highlights: A good starting point for learning about specific drugs — everything from the basics to labeling information changes to agency warning letter — is the FDA's Drug Information Pathfinder.


ClinicalTrials.gov
[Bullet] www.clinicaltrials.gov

Description: This searchable database from the U.S. National Library of Medicine lets you identify ongoing clinical studies that are looking for volunteer subjects for research into chronic eczema and promising treatments.

Content: In-Depth to Technical

Readability: Advanced to Technical

Highlights: The search engine allows you to filter results by geographic area to locate a trial near you.


7. ASSOCIATED HEALTH ISSUES

Allergy and Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics
[Bullet] www.aanma.org

Description: AANMA describes itself as a national nonprofit network of families "whose desire is to overcome, not cope with, allergies and asthma." It is funded through membership fees and donations from government agencies, corporations and medical societies. Although the website is not the most intuitive to navigate in the way it is organized, it offers many articles and personal stories containing gems of advice and perspective that can only come from parents and patients who’ve been there. The Network updates you on the latest allergy and asthma news with two publications: the MA Report, available free online, and Allergy & Asthma Today, a quarterly magazine for paid members. (An individual/family membership costs $35 a year.)

Content: In-Depth

Readability: Easy

Highlights: The "Ask a Nurse" feature allows you fill out a form to get answers about allergies and asthma. The network’s "Indoor Air Repair Kit" gives hands-on instructions for finding and reducing allergens and irritants at home, at school and at play.


American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology
[Bullet] www.aaaai.org/patients/gallery/CKCK

Description: The Academy is a major professional medical organization in the United States representing asthma specialists, clinical immunologists, and other health professionals who treat and study allergic disease. The website’s Diseases 101 section gives rundowns on asthma, food allergies, hay fever and skin allergies — with a series of tips to remember and explanations of what an allergy or immunology specialist can do to help. You’ll also find related health news headlines on the home page.

Content: In-Depth

Readability: Easy to Advanced

Highlights: Suggestions for allergy-free holiday recipes are posted here. You can also check pollen counts in your area using this tool.


Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
[Bullet] www.aafa.org

Description: This veteran, not-for-profit patient organization provides information, support and tools for people with asthma or allergies and their caregivers, as well as educational programs for health professionals. The foundation is supported by academic, government, nonprofit and corporate sponsors. Its website is loaded with reader-friendly background information and practical tips on allergic conditions of all kinds, from asthma and hay fever to food and drug allergies, as well as skin reactions.

Content: In-Depth

Readability: Easy

Highlights: The website search engine makes it easy to find education support groups near you. Download free PDFs of handy "QuickAsthma" and "QuickAllergy" cards printed with emergency information from this page.


Breath of Life
[Bullet] www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/breath/breathhome.html

Description: This thoughtful internet presentation by the National Library of Medicine takes a look at the medical and human history of asthma. It is part art exhibit and part history lesson, with a dash of current health education. For asthma patients and families seeking hands-on advice, perhaps the most helpful feature of the website is the Interactives page — it includes short web videos (courtesy of GlaxoWellcome Inc.) that demonstrate how to use an inhaler and peak flow meter, and explain what asthma does to the lungs and how medicines help.

Content: Basic

Readability: Easy

Highlights: "Living with Asthma Today: Erica's Story", a series of brief audio files, narrates what it’s like to grow up with asthma.


Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network
[Bullet] www.foodallergy.org

Description: The Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to public education and advocacy on food allergies and potential life-threatening allergic reactions, and to advancing research on those problems. Its website is supported with an educational grant from the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Articles include tips on managing allergies resulting from common allergens such as peanuts and eggs.

Content: In-Depth

Readability: Easy

Highlights: Sign up for free email alerts about mislabeled or recalled food or pharmaceutical products and notifications of ingredient changes from responsible food companies. The Network also hosts a website Food Allergy News for Kids at www.fankids.org.


National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
[Bullet] www3.niaid.nih.gov/topics

Description: This federal agency is the branch of the National Institutes of Health that supports research into understanding and treating allergic diseases. The website's Health & Research Topics page is an index to good background information on various ailments including food allergies, asthma and hay fever. News releases about the agency's latest allergy-related research findings are posted on the site as well.

Content: In-Depth

Readability: Easy to Advanced

Highlights: Learn the basics of how the immune system works from this free-for-download brochure.


B. SELECTED REFERENCE INFORMATION

What medical professionals are reading about eczema: Helpful articles and clinical guidelines from medical journals and organizations — some with summaries for lay people.


Advances in Our Understanding and Management of Atopic Dermatitis
(Free PDF download courtesy of the National Jewish Health in Denver.)
[Bullet] Management of Atopic Dermatitis


Treatment Options for Atopic Dermatitis (link to free article)
American Family Physician, February 15, 2007, Volume 75, Number 4, pages 523-528
[Bullet] www.aafp.org/afp/20070215/523.html.


Guidelines of Care for Atopic Dermatitis - Technical Report
American Academy of Dermatology
[Bullet] A PDF of this report is available as a free download from the Eczema web resource page in the Academy's Derm A-Z index.


from the British Medical Journal
[Bullet] www.bmj.com


from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
[Bullet] www.nice.org.uk

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence is an independent organization that advises the National Health Service in England and Wales on the use of medical treatments. NICE prepares clinical guidelines and appraisals of treatments based on a review of the best available research evidence, and makes the full reports available on its website. Each report is accompanied by an easy-to-understand summary for patients, their families, and the public.

  • Atopic eczema in children (December 2007)
    www.nice.org.uk/Guidance/CG57
    Management of atopic eczema in children from birth up to the age of 12 years.
  • Atopic dermatitis (eczema) - topical steroids (August 2004)
    www.nice.org.uk/Guidance/TA81
    Frequency of application of topical corticosteriods for eczema.
  • Atopic dermatitis (eczema) - pimecrolimus and tacrolimus (August 2004)
    www.nice.org.uk/Guidance/TA82
    On the use of non-steroid anti-inflammatory ointments pimecrolimus and tacrolimus for eczema

from Cochrane Reviews
[Bullet] www.cochrane.org/reviews/.

The Cochrane Collaboration is an international not-for-profit organization that rigorously assesses scientific evidence for or against the effectiveness of medical treatments for different diseases. Free, plain-language summaries of the scientific reviews are available by searching this website. Find a list of reviews on eczema and other skin conditions. Eczema treatment reviews cover issues such as the role of food allergies in atopic dermatitis, probiotics, and the use of the nonsteroidal topical ointment picromelimus.


FORMAT FOR WEBSITE REVIEWS

Content

  • Basic = Information covering the fundamentals on eczema that you'll find at many websites.
  • In-Depth = Goes beyond the basics to provide original content with more details about why eczema develops and specific practical advice for coping with it.
  • Technical = Advanced-level, detailed scientific information that medical professionals are reading.
Readability
  • Easy = Plain, reader-friendly language.
  • Advanced = Reader-friendly but uses some medical vocabulary.
  • Technical = Knowledge of medical jargon required. Written for medical professionals or researchers.


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