9 surprising findings about atopic eczema therapy

Patients appeared to be using emollients solely for flares, researchers say

Patients with moderate to severe atopic dermatitis are only using a quarter the amount of the emollient they should be, according to Scottish researchers.

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The unexpected result is one of several in their analysis of 844 patients (median age 25, 53% female) with dermatitis severe enough to require repeated referrals to secondary care.

For each patient, topical prescriptions made by NHS Tayside staff, a health district in Scotland, and filled by patients were assessed over a year.

Surprised by the results