Newsletter #7

author/source: DrB

May Feature : Swimming pools and atopic eczema


Newsletter 7
                                                                                                   May 2012

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New articles in May

Knowing the possible causes of dry skin can make management of the problem more proactive. Thus, knowing that dry skin is more likely in cold windy weather will encourage the use of a moisturizer to prevent skin drying

Parents worry about taking a child with eczema to a swimming pool, but let's face it swimming is fun and good exercise - it also saves lives!

A Glossary of Topical Applications: here is DrB's list of terms used, and their meanings, for your comment... and correction!

UK Department of Health Survey on long term conditions: a chance for UK residents to have their say: deadline June 15, 2012

If over several years topical treatment on it's own is not dramatically effective, its use can become haphazard. Combining habit reversal with topical treatment can make all the difference, but the topical treatment then needs to be optimised to get the best results.

In a review article we are reminded that we only remember as little as half of what we are told when we go to see a practitioner. What can be done about this? Here are some tips...

Scratching and itching can both be caused by emotional factors, but scratching on it's own is a great tension reliever.

It's lovely weather, just right for the beach: but is it OK for eczema...

Please get in touch with me whenever you like with your comments and suggestions. I look forward to members sharing information about themselves and their experience, in Member Profiles and in The Forum. The site gets bigger every month: please alert me to any difficulties with what is provided, such as broken links and videos not working!

Dr Christopher Bridgett