Ditch the itch: emollient use in atopic dermatitis
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.