Eczema can affect any age group and can present in several forms some of which are seen in the older population. The condition can appear at various sites and sometimes affects a single area of the skin or the rash can be a problem at various sites. Ranging in severity from mild to severe, those with severe variants may find the condition more difficult to treat and in these cases the problem may be distressing and impact of quality of life.
This article will give an overview of eczema types seen among older adults, discuss underlying causes and treatment and management options, with the hope of giving nurses and non-medical prescribers more confidence in recognising and treating patients with this problem.
Eczema, also know as atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema, is often considered to be a disease which predominantly affects children, however it is now known that the condition can arise at any age, with varying degrees of severity. For those with more severe eczema the condition can potentially impact on quality of life. There are various eczema types, some of which are more frequently seen in the elderly population. This article will therefore focus on those seen more commonly in older adults, and hopes to give nurses and non-medical prescribers more knowledge and confidence in diagnosing and treating their patients who present with any of the conditions discussed.