Signposting to skin conditions
Eight million people in the UK suffer from a skin disease, from eczema and acne, to psoriasis and rosacea, with symptoms varying from person to person. Even mild symptoms can have a major impact on self esteem, so support for these patients is particularly important.
National Eczema Society provides independent practical advice about treating and managing eczema, andÂ also raises awareness among healthcare professionals about the needs of eczema patients. The charity provides information, a quarterly magazine and a helpline. There is also a dedicated email and telephone helpline, and section of the website, for healthcare professionals, plus a programme of study days.
Confidential helpline for patients: 0800 089 1122Â (Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm)
Skin Support is a patient support website developed by the British Association of Dermatologists, which promotes the knowledge, practice and teaching of dermatology. The Skin Support website is a hub of knowledge for the public, with patient information, a database of support groups and web links, and downloadable resources on emotional support.
Acne Academy is a registered charity and website developed by UK healthcare professionals to provide information about acne and its treatment. It also suggests parental advice on talking to teenagers about acne. The website is sponsored by Dermal, Stiefel and Meda.
The Psoriasis Association isÂ the national charity and membership organisation for people affected by psoriasis â€“ patients, family, carers and healthcare professionals. It provides information about psoriasis and advice and support through its website forums. The charity also promotes awareness and funding research.
British Skincare Foundation is the UKâ€™s only charity dedicated to skin research. Its website contains an A-Z of skin disease.
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