Research from the Elias Lab

For nearly forty years, this University of California San Francisco-based research laboratory has focused on elucidating the structural and metabolic basis for the barrier function of the skin, including work aimed at understanding the cause and treatment of skin diseases.

Beyond Itch: Using Antihistamines to Treat Atopic Dermatitis and Psoriasis

Antihistamines to be taken by mouth – medications like Benadryl® and Atarax® – are commonly used to combat itch. Although they are very effective in the treatment of  itchy hives (‘urticaria’), all too often these drugs are not very successful in alleviating the itch of common, inflammatory skin disorders, such as ‘atopic dermatitis’ (eczema) or psoriasis. [Read more…]