Exchange 175 – March 2020

Our March 2020 magazine is, as usual, packed full of news, advice on managing eczema for all ages and real-life stories from people living with eczema.

  • ‘A step towards independence’: Claire Moulds discusses how we can help children with eczema join in activities away from home.
  • Can water softeners help eczema? NES Head of Services Alice Lambert looks at the research on eczema and hard water, and asks whether water softeners can improve symptoms.
  • Your eczema-focused listening ear: Alice Lambert takes us behind the scenes at the new and improved NES Helpline.
  • Should you be concerned about fractures? A major new study has found a clear link between eczema and bone fractures. Editor Eleanor Stanley considers what the research means for people with eczema, looking at the details behind the headlines.
  • The mind-body connection: Dr Anthony Bewley, Consultant Dermatologist, explains the complex links between eczema and psychological wellbeing.
  • What really works for infected eczema? Consultant Dermatologist Susannah George and patient representative Anjna Rani share findings from the latest Cochrane research review on treatments used to reduce Staphylococcus Aureus infection.
  • ‘If you really want to do something, you have to find a way to make it happen’: Exchange reader Penny Cloke describes her experience with severe eczema since childhood and her determination to live life to the fullest.
  • Plus: members’ letters, news and Ask the Expert (covering facial eczema in babies, bullying and teasing at school and cosmetics labelling).