As the body’s largest organ, the skin is constantly working to protect the body’s internal organs and regulate temperature, among other vital functions, and the condition of a person’s skin can reflect their overall health and aging status. Diseases of the skin, such as atopic dermatitis and psoriasis, affect people of all ages and can take a major toll on the patient’s quality of life. CME Outfitters has developed this Dermatology Education Hub with a number of educational activities and resources to help you better treat and manage your patients with aging skin or skin disease in order to increase quality of life
Nutrients, Dietary Supplementation & Aging Skin
Dietary supplementation and healthy lifestyle choices are an important part of caring for one’s skin. Many clinicians are unaware of the crucial role that nutrition and dietary supplementation can play in keeping the skin healthy. It is imperative that clinicians are informed of and able to share this information with their patients to encourage pro-active skin care.
Atopic dermatitis (the most common form of eczema) affects at least 28 million people of all ages in the United States, with an estimated 10 to 20 percent of children 10 and under developing this condition.123 Most commonly seen in babies and children, there is no known direct cause for developing atopic dermatitis – although, research seems to point to a mixture of hereditary and environmental factors. There is no current cure for atopic dermatitis, but treatment goals focus on healing the skin and flare prevention. Research is being conducted to better understand the causes of this disease, as well as management and treatment options, and to eventually find a cure or vaccine to prevent atopic dermatitis altogether.
Psoriasis & Psoriatic Arthritis
Psoriasis, another serious medical condition, affects an estimated 7.5 million people in the United States alone, seen largely in the adult population.4 An estimated total direct cost of treatment associated with psoriasis was estimated in 2013 to equal roughly $63.2 billion.5 According to the CDC, 10 to 20 percent of patients with psoriasis will develop psoriatic arthritis, a serious joint inflammation condition. Similarities between psoriatic arthritis and other various types of arthritis can cause create delays in a correct diagnosis, and symptoms of the skin disease are not always seen before symptoms of the arthritis.