Ditch the itch: emollient use in atopic dermatitis

  • Lynda Steyn Amayeza Information Services
Keywords: atopic dermatitis, emollients


Atopic dermatitis is commonly referred to as “eczema.” It is a chronic inflammatory condition of the skin that is characterised by:

• pruritic (itchy) lesions, and

• xerosis (dry skin)

An area of thickened skin (lichenification) often occurs as a result of persistent scratching. The chronic itch-scratch cycle can also lead to broken skin, inflammation and infection.

Author Biography

Lynda Steyn, Amayeza Information Services
BPharm, Amayeza Information Services
Skin Care