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Nursing Eczema is one of the most common childhood conditions (Lawson 2008) and the most prevalent inflammatory disease in the UK (Kerr 2007). The term “‘Eczema’ refers to the superficial inflammation of the skin and impaired function of the epidermal barrier” (Mandelin 2010, p.
Atopic eczema mostly begins at the stages of infancy and childhood. Among the children affected, about 65% developed the symptoms of Atopic eczema within their first year of life and 85% were affected with it before they were 5 years old (Atopic Dermatitis, 2011). Though Atopic eczema is found to be severe in infants and children, about 60 - 70% of the affected children are naturally cured of Atopic eczema by their early teens. Those children who inherited this atopic condition may suffer from its symptoms at any time, even in their teens, if triggered by environmental factors. Moreover, the atopic eczema patients are at an increased risk for asthma and allergic rhinitis. (Mandelin 2010). Nurses play a major role in the management of atopic eczema. Since there is no cure for eczema, patients and their caregivers can become despondent over time (NICE 2007). ...
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