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Conventional treatment provides emollients for Level 1 and topical steroids for Level 2... but neither are sufficient for Level 3! Level 3 needs its own special treatment. Chronic eczema only heals with all three levels of treat­ ment, as described in The Programme ... First, what about scratching? 1. Scratching means all touching of the skin. Scratching = Picking = Rubbing = Touching

Scratching is the fastest and most effective way of getting relief from itch, but with atopic eczema the result is disastrous.

2. Scratching in the beginning is a conscious reaction to itch. Later it becomes habitual and unconscious. 3. Scratching begins as a behaviour stimulated by itch. Over time it becomes linked to other stimuli — it generalises.

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Atopic Skin Disease - A Manual For Practitioners  

An account of a new behavioural approach to the treatment of atopic eczema, written for practitioners, but also for patients

Atopic Skin Disease - A Manual For Practitioners  

An account of a new behavioural approach to the treatment of atopic eczema, written for practitioners, but also for patients