The National Eczema Association for Science and Education was founded in 1988 by a group of patients, physicians, nurses, and others concerned with the enormous social, medical, and economic consequences of this disease. NEASE's goals are to inform, educate, and provide resources for eczema-affected individuals and their families; increase awareness of the disease among health care professionals, government agencies, policy makers, and the general public; educate providers regarding appropriate clinical management of the disease; and support research to discover the causes, treatment, and cure of atopic dermatitis/eczema.
NEASE's toll-free information line is (800) 818-7546. Staff are available to answer general (non-medical) questions M-F. Voice-mail is available when the office is closed. NEASE publishes a quarterly patient-oriented newsletter, The Advocate, and a growing list of patient education brochures. Subscription to The Advocate is free or by donation. Single copies of the brochures are available to any individual who requests them. (Bulk orders are charged a price which covers the costs of production.) NEASE also operates an informative Web site, http://www.eczema-assn.org.