This is the 4th in our series of updates on atopic dermatitis. In the preceding articles we considered why so many more children nowadays are developing eczema, what we know about the genetic underpinings of the disease, and how defects in the skin barrier and loss of the acidic pH on the skin surface are key to understanding how the dermatitis develops. In this post we consider how this information provides the basis for new, rational paradigms for treatment.
Migration back to life on the farm is probably not an option for many, but there are steps that people with atopic dermatitis can take to address their skin’s vulnerability. For a start, they can practice ‘gentle skin care’. By doing so, they can avoid extracting the natural oils from their skin that are essential for its barrier function by modifying their bathing routines. [Read more…] about Thoughts on the Rational Treatment of Atopic Dermatitis