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World Atopic Eczema Day – 14th September 2020

How do YOU care for atopic eczema? World Atopic Eczema Day challenges patients, healthcare professionals and policy makers around the world to unite for care.

September 14, marks World Atopic Eczema Day - a day where the patient community comes together to raise awareness, understanding and the standards of care for atopic eczema. Atopic eczema is incredibly difficult on patients and their families, seriously impacting daily life. An individual’s health and the overall wellbeing of families can be severely impaired by the disease. Allergy UK, as a board member of the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA) is proud to join the International Alliance of Dermatology Patient Organizations (GlobalSkin) and the global atopic eczema community to change the way atopic eczema patients are perceived and how care is delivered.

Patients and families are at the core of this year’s World Atopic Eczema Day. They endure chronic pain, social isolation and a considerable financial burden to take care of their atopic eczema. Today we come together and unite for action on the disease. All together, we #CareForAtopicEczema.

"We are proud to be a member of GlobalSkin and to work with them to raise awareness of what it is like to live with atopic eczema - a condition which impacts on every aspect of an individual's life, causing great distress, anxiety and depression.  This World Atopic Eczema Day we will be playing our part in raising awareness and showing our support for our atopic eczema community, as well as confirming our commitment to work to change attitudes and improve their care.

Carla Jones, CEO Allergy UK

Atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema is the most common form of eczema. It is currently an incurable, chronic immune-mediated systemic disease with a debilitating effect on 2-10% of adults and 20% of children worldwide. Caring for children affected by atopic eczema can be all-encompassing; it can affect personal relationships, decrease psychosocial functioning, bring sleep loss for family members and engender grief and a feeling of helplessness in dealing with the child’s daily suffering. Atopic eczema may also result in work absence or decreased work productivity for parents. Even siblings of affected children find their lives affected. When atopic eczema affects children, it affects the whole family – often profoundly.

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On World Atopic Eczema Day Allergy UK wants to remind people affected by atopic eczema that they are not alone. Patients and families are encouraged to mark the day by connecting and helping others gain understanding of the disease impact by sharing their stories. Healthcare professionals and policymakers are also invited to show how they care for patients and families who live with this disease. When individuals living with atopic eczema receive timely and appropriate care, a better quality of life is possible.

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