7.1 What other information about eczema is available on-line?

National Eczema Society (United Kingdom)

Eczema Association of Australia

National Eczema Association for Science and Education (USA)

The National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine have a Web page describing causes and treatments of eczema at:

Neurodermitis (Atopic Eczema) Page with a number of links to other sites:

Eczema FAQ for the USENET misc-kids newsgroup: or

The archives of the USENET newsgroup

Alan Lovegrove’s Home Page contains the Newsletter for his local NES branch:

The Eczema Informant has copies of research articles, study results, non-commercial information about products and nutrients, and a good bibliography. or

Dr Ted Grossbart’s Skin Deep Home Page:

American Academy of Dermatology:

Department of Health, Hong Kong:

National Skin Centre, Singapore:

Food and Drug Administration of USA Import Alert IA #66-10 – REVISED 2/21/91, “Chinese Herbal Medicines”, ATTACHMENT – 12/05/95. Lists Chinese herbal medicines which have caused damage to human body.

Reprint of a journal article called “Adverse effects involving certain Chinese herbal medicines and the response of the profession” The article gives case histories of skin disease patients who have had severe toxic reactions to CHT, gives guidelines for selecting a practitioner for this type of therapy and gives warnings that anyone who is looking at this type of therapy should be familiar with.

Department of Dermatology, Mie University School of Medicine:

Harvard Skin Disease Research Center:

This site includes a sort of atlas of photographs of skin ailments, for anyone who might want to look at such pictures — not exactly pleasant viewing, but they might be useful in some situations.

This site describes a “scoring” system that physicians can use to rate the severity of atopic dermatitis in an objective way. It also has some pictures.

Social Hygiene Handbook – Eczema by Dr Y M Tang (Hong Kong)

Social Hygiene Handbook – Pruritus by Dr Leung (a technical run-down on itching)

Social Hygiene Handbook – Principles of Prescribing Topical preparations and Topical Steroids (includes table of potency)

Two sites with information about food allergies:

Information about nutrition:

Information about Benadryl, an antihistamine and decongestant:

Information about Prednisolone, a synthetic corticosteroid:

The Merck Manual – Dermatology!!rnrZ22cNlrnrZm2m30/pubs/mmanual/html/qlhmjcfj.htm

Drug information is available at

Information about Enzyme Potentiated Desensitization (EPD), a special kind of desensitization (by injection) against allergies:

EPD Mailing List

A comprehensive article on candida and leaky gut syndrome:

Information on the causes and remedies for Leaky gut syndrome.

Leaky gut and EPD FAQ

This site provides specifications of most vegetable oils used in cosmetic and medicinal creams:

Web page with some information on dealing with dust mites:

Internet Health Resources Newsgroups

The Virtual Medical Center

Other sites:

If you find a site which has moved please mail me with the new location. Please also let me know if you find a really good site which you think other people may find useful and I will consider adding to the list.

7.2 What books are available?

The brief descriptions in this section are based largely on reviews by members of the Eczema Mailing List who have found these books useful.

TITLE:      The Eczema Handbook
AUTHOR:     Jenny Lewis, with the National Eczema Society
PUBLISHER:  Random House
DATE:       1994
ISBN:       0 09 178377 1
PRICE:      GBP 7.99

160 pages paperback. A comprehensive guide to the management of eczema. A useful guide and reference, ideal for people new to eczema. Covers conventional treatments and also  alternatives including acupuncture, homeopathy, reflexology, meditation, evening primrose oil
and Shiatsu.

TITLE:      Atopic Skin Disease (A Manual for Practitioners)
AUTHOR:     Christopher Bridgett, Peter Noren and Richard Staughton
PUBLISHER:  Wrightson Biomedical Publishing Ltd
Petersfield UK and Bristol, PA, USA

This book describes the programme used at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital in London (UK) which aims to break the vicious circle of dryness, eczema, itching and scratching with the careful use of topical steroids, emollients and habit reversal techniques.

The book is intended, as the subtitle states, for practitioners, but it is very well laid out and extremely accessible and useful for patients as well. Even the patients’ handbook is included in an Appendix.

TITLE:      Eczema and your Child: A Parent’s Guide
AUTHOR:     Sheena Meredith
PUBLISHER:  Class Publishing (London)Limited
Barb House, Barb Mews, London W6 7PA
ISBN:       1 872362 86 9

An excellent book written in a direct and upbeat style. Parents of children with eczema will find this informative, helpful and encouraging.

TITLE:      Eczema in Childhood – the Facts
AUTHOR:     David J. Atherton
PUBLISHER:  Oxford Medical Publications, Oxford University Press
DATE:       1994
PRICE:      USD 18

264 pages, paperback. Dr. Atherton is a consultant in pediatric dermatology at the Hospital for Sick Children in London. He discusses many different subjects and treatments and why he supports his own view on each subject: genetics, food/environ allergies, allergy testing, immunizations, ellim./rotation diets, cortisone treatment, chinese treatment, primrose oil, wet wraps, breast feeding and appropriate formulas, stress, family harmony, antihistamines, causes, the outlook, infections, treatment, hospitalizations, education/career planning, etc.

It also contains pictures to aid in distinguishing eczema from other conditions that often coincide with it. There are also pictures on wet wrapping tips, and more

TITLE:      The Natural Way with Eczema
AUTHOR:     Sheena Meredith
PUBLISHER:  Element, Inc., Rockport, MA.
DATE:       1994
PRICE:      USD 5.95

Paperback. Contains a information about a wide variety of holistic treatments including EPO, herbs, acupuncture and reflexology.

TITLE:      Eczema
AUTHOR:     Christine Orton
DATE:       1986

Christine Orton, founder of the National Eczema Society in the UK, is the mother of a son with eczema and her writing is based on that experience.

TITLE:      Eczema and Psoriasis, a Dietary and Nutritional Approach
EDITOR:     Stephen Therass
PUBLISHER:  Thorsons
DATE:       April 1995
PRICE:      GBP 4.99

Under one hundred pages but contains a thorough explanation of the causes and symptoms of eczema. It treats both eczema and psoriasis from a nutritional point of view and discusses nutritional approaches through both diet and food supplements.

TITLE:      Coping with Eczema
AUTHOR:     Dr Robert Youngson
PUBLISHER:  Sheldon Press, London
DATE:       1995
ISBN:       0-85969-736-3

102 pages, paperback

TITLE:      Skin Deep
AUTHOR:     Dr Ted Grossbart

TITLE:      Allergies, Disease in Disguise
AUTHOR:     Carolee Bateson-Koch
PUBLISHER:  Alive Books
DATE:       February 1994
PRICE:      USD 15.95

TITLE:      The Ultimate Healing System
AUTHOR:     Donald Lepore
DATE:       April 1996
PRICE:      USD 19.95

TITLE:      Touching: The Human Significance of the Skin
AUTHOR:     Ashley Montagu
PUBLISHER:  Harper and Row Publishers
DATE:       1986

This book provides a reminder of the importance of the skin’s role in life. Anyone with a skin disorder is seriously affected psychologically as well as physically. Look for a new edition of this book to correct an earlier claim that eczema is caused by a mother’s lack of physical affection for her child.

7.3 What magazines are available?

In the United Kingdom the National Eczema Society publish a quarterly magazine “Exchange”. This costs GBP2.50 but is free to members of the society.