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Esperienze Dermatologiche 2013 September;15(3):95-9


language: Italian

Giving atopy a voice: observational study on cleansing gel-emollient cream association in combination with a conscious voice management in communicating with patients affected by xerosis

De Pità O. 1, Bellosta M. 2, Cristaudo A. 3, Cusano F. 4, Nobile C. 5, Ricciuti F. 6, Tomassini G. M. 7, Valenti G. 8, Sedona P. 9

1 Dipartimento di Immunologia e Allergologia, Istituto Dermopatico dell’Immacolata, IRCSS, Roma, Italia; 2 Policlinico San Matteo, Pavia, Italia; 3 Dermatologia Clinica, San Gallicano, Roma, Italia; 4 Dipartimento di Dermatologia, Ospedale “G. Rummo”, Benevento, Italia; 5 Dipartimento di Dermatologia, Ospedale di Brunico, Bolzano, Italia; 6 Unità Operativa di Dermatologia e Malattie Sessualmente Trasmesse, Ospedale San Carlo, Potenza, Italia; 7 Sezione di Dermatologia, Azienda Ospedaliera di Perugia, Perugia, Italia; 8 S.O.C. Dermatologia e Venereologia, Azienda Ospedaliera “Pugliese Ciaccio”, Catanzaro, Italia; 9 Direttore U.C.C. Dermatologia, Ospedale Civile S.S. Giovanni e Paolo, Venezia, Italia


Xerosis is a clinical manifestation that can be present both in atopic and non-atopic dermatitis. Due to its associated symptoms (erythema, itching), xerosis can lead to a significant impairment in patients’ quality of life. To improve adherence and global efficacy of treatment, it is crucial to manage an effective communication within the framework of patient-physician relationship, which is also given by a correct voice management. In this survey, we evaluated the efficacy of 1-month combination treatment of a cleansing gel + emollient cream based on Selectiose® (TriXéra+ Selectiose from Laboratoires Eau Thermale Avène) in 111 patients affected by xerosis. We also investigated the impact of a proper physician voice’s use on patients’ adherence to treatment and on global satisfaction with physician’s relationship. After 1 month of treatment, clinical symptoms (xerosis, itching, erythema) significantly improved, with mean value reductions ranging from 55% to 75%. Patients’ quality of life also increased. Treatments were well tolerated and accepted: over 90% of patients were willing to continue to use them. Physicians were quite satisfied with their voice management during the visits; patients expressed high level of satisfaction with physician’s relationship as well. 100% of patients were adherent to the prescribed therapeutic regimen.

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