This information is a broad guideline only. Treatment of an individual patient should always be modified according to need and circumstances and may involve a multidisciplinary approach.

Eczema affects 15–20% of school children and 2–10% of adults

Allergen avoidance is ineffective in the vast majority of patients

Diagnostic criteria for atopic eczema

Diagnosis and patient assessment

Recommendations for referral to secondary care

The general principles of primary care management

Use of emollients

Principles of treatment with topical steroids

Bacterial infection


Treatment of eczema protocol

Microsoft Word document Psoriasis and eczema


Primary Care Dermatology Society. Guidelines for the Management of Atopic Eczema

Full guidelines from…

Primary Care Dermatology Society, PO Box 6, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, HP7 9XD

Recommendations for referral to secondary care adapted from NICE