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CPD module: Eczema and dermatitis

We look at some of the mechanisms that cause the dry, itchy inflamed skin conditions of eczema and dermatitis. 

After completing this module, you should be more aware of:


  • The interchangeability of the terms ‘eczema’ and ‘dermatitis.'
  • The various types of eczema.
  • Various biochemical pathways and physiology causing the symptoms of eczema.
  • Changes in the commensal flora of the skin associated with eczema.
  • Approaches to diagnosis.
  • Key features of seborrhoeic, discoid, pompholyx, asteatotic and varicose eczema.
  • Treatment recommendations for eczema.
  • Managing complications of eczema, especially infection.
  • NHS England prescribing recommendations for emollients.
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