Tampa dermatologist backs new study revealing burden of eczema on patients
Dr. Seth Forman says that eczema patients should have better access to healthcare and treatment methods.
Tampa dermatologist Dr. Seth Forman backs a recent study reported in JAMA Dermatology describing the burden of eczema and its significantly increased health care and costs.
“This study exemplifies the fact that eczema patients struggle with healthcare more so than someone without the skin disease,” said Tampa dermatologist. “The disease not only affects their health but also their way of life.”
Also known as atopic dermatitis, eczema is a skin condition characterized by irritated skin due to the release of inflammatory chemicals in the body. Common symptoms include a combination of itchy, dry and red patchy skin on areas of the body including the face, hands and neck.
According to the population-based analysis of 2010 and 2012 data from the National Health Interview Survey, U.S. adults with eczema reported they had significantly higher health care costs, use of resources and lost workdays, than adults who didn’t have eczema.
The skin condition was also associated to 53 percent higher odds of losing six or more workdays, with considerably higher odds of doctor visits, emergency departments, urgent care centers, and hospitals for varying causes.
The Tampa dermatologist, who is currently conducting clinical trials for eczema, suggests researching improved methods in which eczema patients can have access to healthcare in the future.
“This is something eczema patients have to deal with every day and we need to start paying better attention,” said Dr. Forman. “We should be actively researching better modes of healthcare access for adults who suffer from the skin disease.”
Dr. Forman is the founder of Forman Dermatology and Skin institute, located in Tampa, Fla. and has appeared on TV shows across the country, including the nationally syndicated show “The Doctors” to provide sun-protection tips and to demonstrate his breakthrough skin cancer treatments.
If interested in being a part of the clinical trial for eczema, or for more on Dr. Seth Forman, Tampa dermatology or Forman Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute, please visit www.FormanDerm.com.
About Dr. Seth Forman: Dr. Forman is a board-certified dermatologist practicing in Tampa, Florida. He was voted the “Best Dermatologist in Carrollwood” in 2011 and 2012 by the Carrollwood News and Tribune. In December 2011, he opened his new Tampa dermatology office, Forman Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute, where he gives psoriasis sufferers access to the latest treatment options, including topical and oral medications, as well as biological and phototherapy. Dr. Forman is one of the few Tampa dermatologists to offer narrowband light therapy, which uses pharmaceutical grade light to suppress psoriasis. He’s also one of the few board-certified dermatologists in the U.S. to use the SRT-100 radiotherapy to treat basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer.