New Atopic Dermatitis Therapies Offer Alternatives to Topical Steroids

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Bruce Jancin, Skin & Allergy News Digital Network

WAIKOLOA, HAWAII – Fresh approaches for treating atopic dermatitis are sorely needed, and several intriguing novel therapies are under study, according to Dr. Wynnis Tom.

While topical corticosteroids continue to be the mainstay for control of the inflammation in atopic dermatitis, many patients and families have serious reservations about these medications. Patient concerns persist although, as emphasized in the updated 2014 American Academy of Dermatology guidelines for the management of atopic dermatitis (J. Am. Acad. Dermatol. 2014;70:338-51), these drugs have an excellent risk/benefit ratio when used appropriately.

It’s because of this widespread “steroid phobia” that AN2728 2% ointment is of particular interest, said Dr. Tom, a pediatric dermatologist at Rady Children’s Hospital and the University of California, San Diego.

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