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Get Up Close and Personal with Leaders in Eczema

Get Up Close and Personal with Leaders in Eczema

Elizabeth Scott

Suffering from eczema?  Searching for the most up to date information about eczema treatments and coping strategies? The National Eczema Association's One-Day Leaders In Eczema Forum is just around the corner.  

A few weeks ago I was fortunate to attend the National Eczema Association’s Leaders in Eczema Forum. This is a one-day forum for people suffering with eczema or who have a family member suffering with eczema. The next forum is October 1, 2017 in New York City at the ICAHN School of Medicine at the Mt. Sinai Hospital Conference Center.

The forum offers a small setting in which you’ll walk away with the most up-to-date information about innovations in eczema treatments and tools to help you manage eczema. The conference allows patients and family members direct community with the doctors and nurses making leading changes in treatment. It’s a wonderful way to learn and have your questions answered regarding coping strategies and recently approved treatments such as the Dupixent drug and other new advances on the horizon.

The conference I attended was at National Jewish Hospital in Denver, Co. I was very excited to attend as the doctors and nurses at National Jewish have pioneered many of the studies leading to new treatment developments in Atopic Dermatitis as well as wet wrap therapy.

The day began at registration where I was given a bag full of eczema product samples. If you’ve been wanting to try a new cream you’ll be in luck! There was a small breakfast buffet served with baked goods, juice and water. Julie Block, the president and CEO of the National Eczema Association welcomed everyone before Elizabeth Hoff, the inspirational patient speaker started off the day. Following was a keynote address by Donald Leung, MD, PhD, a world-renowned researcher and physician. The keynote was titled; “Why do patients get Eczema? Factors that contribute to severity”.  

Sessions Following Keynote:

Eczema – Diagnostic and Treatment Challenges – Rupam Brar, MD

Psychosocial Aspects of Eczema - Jennifer Moyer Darr, LCSW

Managing Sleep Disturbances in Eczema - Lisa Meltzer, PhD

Evidenced Based Alternative Treatments - Peter Lio, MD

New Treatments for Atopic Dermatitis: Where the Research Is Taking Us - Mark Boguniewicz, MD

A lunch was served mid-day where one physician was asked to sit at each table so attendees could have the chance to speak directly to the doctors. The day ends with three small group break-out sessions. I was able to attend the first session discussing skin care, a very thorough and informative time. 

Small Group Sessions:

Hands on Skin Care - Emily Cole, RN and Lauren Foster RN from National Jewish staff. This session covered daily skin maintenance including the “soak and seal” technique as well as a wet and dry wrap therapy demonstration. Some of the attendees were concerned it would be difficult to wet wrap during the day. If you’re wrapping arms or legs, the Wrap-E-Soothe sleeves can be worn easily under clothing damp or dry.

Hands on Skin Care - Coping Strategies for Eczema – Jennifer Moyer Darr, LCSW

Eczema, Asthma & Food Allergies – The Atopic Triad - Carah Santos, MD

Overall, the forum was a fabulous way to connect directly and hear from physicians and other people who have struggled with their own eczema or their child’s eczema. The National Eczema Association has done an excellent job facilitating this forum and I highly recommend it. For more information, please visit, https://nationaleczema.org/leaders-in-eczema/.

Please remember information on our blog is not designed or meant to replace a physician’s advice. Always consult your doctor about your medical conditions. AD RescueWear does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.