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Management of atopic eczema in primary care
Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network
Diagnosis and referral
Severity assessment and quality of life
When assessing the severity of atopic eczema, healthcare professionals should take into consideration the adverse effects on quality of life of patients and their families
An emergency referral to a dermatologist or paediatrician should be arranged by telephone where there is a clinical suspicion of eczema herpeticum (widespread herpes simplex)
Patients should be referred to a dermatologist where there is:
uncertainty concerning the diagnosis
poor control of the condition or failure to respond to appropriate topical treatments
psychological upset or sleep problems
recurrent secondary infection
Management of asthma in adults over 65 years of age
Development group: Gruffydd-Jones, McArthur, Murphy, Russell & Wise.
This management algorithm was developed by a multidisciplinary expert panel: Gruffydd-Jones K et al with the support of a grant from Teva UK Limited.