Eczema Treatment Research Priorities
Shared research priorities
- What is the best and safest way of using topical steroids for eczema: frequency of application, potency, length of time, alternating with other topical treatments, and age limits for treatment?
- What is the long term safety of applying steroids to the skin for eczema?
- What role might food allergy tests play in treating eczema?
- Which emollient is the most effective and safe in treating eczema?
Research priorities of patients and carers
- What is the best psychological treatment for itching/scratching in eczema?
- Which is the best way for people with eczema to wash: frequency of washing, water temperature, bath versus shower?
- What are the best and safest natural products to apply to the skin for eczema?
- How much does avoidance of irritants and allergens help people with eczema?
- What is the role of diet in treating eczema: exclusion diets and nutritional supplements?
Research priorities of healthcare professionals
- Which is more effective in the management of eczema: education programmes, GP care, nurse-led care, dermatologist-led care or multi disciplinary care?
- Which is safer and more effective for treating eczema; steroids or calcineurin inhibitors?
- How effective are interventions to reduce skin infections in the management of eczema?
- Which should be applied first when treating eczema, emollients or topical steroids?
- What is the best and safest way of using drugs that suppress the immune system when treating eczema?
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