Exchange 174 – December 2019

Our December 2019 magazine is packed full of news, advice on managing eczema for all ages and real-life stories from people living with eczema.

  • NES Chief Executive Andrew Proctor describes the varied ways in which you can support National Eczema Society and make a difference to the lives of people with eczema.
  • Living the American Dream: Christine Delgado and her teenage daughter Yaritza recount their life-changing experience at the National Eczema Association’s Expo conference in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Severe hand eczema: finding the answers. Aimee Christodoulou introduces the ALPHA trial – a large-scale trial seeking to improve the lives of thousands of people with severe hand eczema.
  • Christmas is coming! Claire Moulds finds ingenious ways to overcome the challenges that the festive season can bring for people with eczema.
  • Time to reassess your regime? Emollients and topical steroids can make a huge difference to your eczema – but only if you use them correctly, explains Jane Watts, Senior Dermatology Nurse Practitioner.
  • Stepped management is an essential approach to controlling eczema flares. NES Dermatology Nurse Adviser Julie Van Onselen explains how it works.
  • ‘A black cloud has been lifted’. Exchange reader Anna Byard (aged 15) and her father, Ray, share their experience of living with eczema and the life-altering impact of the new biologic therapy dupilumab.
  • Plus: members’ letters, Ask the Expert (covering alcohol and skin, protective gloves, and how to manage dupilumab side-effects).