Clinical Reviews in Allergy

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 87–99 | Cite as

Treatment of atopic dermatitis: Old and new modalities

  • Arthur R. Rhodes


There is no single effective management that is useful for all phases of AD. The recognition of multiple cutaneous morphologic reacting patterns in AD (ie, follicular eczema), vesicular and crusted superinfection with herpes simplex andStaphylococcus aureus, lichenification, lackluster skin, excoriation, and exfoliative erythroderma) helps to determine more directed therapy and elimination of flare factors. Management of AD requires recognition and amelioration of identifiable flare factors, education of patients and families about these factors and the chronic and relapsing nature of disease, the adjunctive and temporary use of topical corticosteroids and systemic H1 antihistamines, and the judicious use of antistaphylococcal antibiotics. Patients, family, and physician must understand that the main goal in treatment is control of the disease, not cure. Definitive therapy of AD awaits a clearer understanding of pathophysiology of disease.


Atopic Dermatitis Dermatol Topical Corticosteroid Fluocinolone Acetonide Stearyl Alcohol 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arthur R. Rhodes
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of DermatologyThe Children’s HospitalBoston
  2. 2.the Department of DermatologyHarvard Medical SchoolBoston

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