DO YOU HAVE an Atopic Dermatitis or Eczema Action Plan!!

Atopic Dermatitis or Eczema action plan is a written document which contains information regarding the management of your child’s atopic dermatitis or eczema. All patients with atopic dermatitis or eczema should have a written atopic dermatitis or eczema action plan. Atopic Dermatitis or Eczema action plans have been shown to improve the child’s eczema and hence a better quality of life of the child. Atopic dermatitis or eczema action plans need to be customised for every child by your treating pediatric allergist.

DO YOU HAVE an Atopic Dermatitis or Eczema Action Plan!!

What information does the eczema action plan contain?
Atopic dermatitis or eczema action plan contains information regarding daily skin care for the child including bathing and applying daily moisturizer. It also includes information on avoidance of various triggers which can worsen the child’s eczema. Eczema action plan also contains information on what to do when the skin becomes inflamed or red also known as an ‘eczema flare’. It contains information about the topical cream or ointment, which needs to be applied in such a situation, including detailed instructions of dosage and duration. The eczema action plans also contain information regarding early identification of skin infection. The eczema action plan also contains information regarding when to contact the treating paediatric allergist.

What are the different zones in the eczema action plan?
The eczema action plan has three zones: green, yellow and red.

Green Zone: Eczema under control
These are a set of instructions that should be followed when the eczema is under control. These keep the skin of the child hydrated, moisturized and rash free.

The Green Zone has detailed instructions regarding bathing the child, the use of safe bathing products and proper use of a moisturizer after bath.

Yellow Zone: Eczema Flare
These are the set of instructions that should be followed when the eczema has a mild flare. These help to keep the flare under control.

The yellow zone has detailed instructions regarding use of an additional steroid cream for treatment of the mild flare. In addition, it contains information on how to apply the steroid cream including the dosages.

Red Zone: Severe Eczema Flare
These are the set of instructions that should be followed when eczema has a severe flare. This situation requires consultation with your treating doctor.

In case your child is having Atopic Dermatitis or Eczema you need to get in touch with a child allergy specialist for a proper evaluation and treatment including eczema action plan.

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