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Eczema is a frequently presenting condition in primary care, and generally speaking management follows a straightforward routine of emollients, with or without steroid creams or ointments for flare-ups. However, there are many variations in eczema, and many presentations may be easily confused with other conditions with similar manifestations.

This resource, consisting of five assessment questions at intermediate level aims to illustrate some of the common – and less common – presentations of eczema, and to assess your knowledge of management based on current guidelines. Complete the resource, including the recommended reading and some or all of the suggested activities, to obtain a certificate for one hour of continuing professional development to include in your annual portfolio.

Aims and objectives

On completion of this module you should have an understanding of:

  • Common and less common presentations of eczema
  • Management strategies
  • The role of emollients in the management of eczema and how they are correctly used
  • The differences between allergic contact eczema and contact /irritant dermatitis
  • Reliable sources of information for patients with eczema

Reading list

NICE CG57. Atopic eczema in children

SIGN. Management of atopic eczema in primary care

Primary Care Dermatology Society and British Association of Dermatologists. SKIN. Guidelines for the management of atopic eczema

DermNet NZ provides authoritative information about skin diseases, conditions and treatment for health professionals and patients. The Dermatology Quizzes