Novel Therapeutic Approaches to Atopic Dermatitis

  • Katarzyna Osinka
  • Karolina Dumycz
  • Bartłomiej Kwiek
  • Wojciech Feleszko


Atopic dermatitis (AD) is one of the most common inflammatory skin diseases. The number of people affected by AD is relatively high and seems to be rising. Although mild and moderate forms of the disease can be well controlled by the use of emollients, topical corticosteroids, and topical calcineurin inhibitors, treatment of severe is still a huge challenge. The new hope is biologic drugs, magic bullets in allergy, targeted at different points of the complex pathomechanism of inflammation in AD. In this review, novel biologic therapies are discussed, including recombinant monoclonal antibodies directed against various interleukin pathways (such as IL-4, IL-13, TSLP, IL-31, and IL-12/23), on immunoglobulin E, molecules acting as T cells, B cells, etc. Of biological drugs, the most promising seems to be anti-IL-4/IL-13 therapy (dupilumab—the biological agent) and phosphodiesterase-4 inhibitor (crisaborole—a small molecule). A deep understanding of the AD pathomechanism provides a new perspective for tailor-made treatment of severe atopic dermatitis.


Atopic dermatitis Immunology Skin barrier Biological treatment Antihistamine 


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There are no conflicts of interest to declare. All authors have approved the manuscript and agree with submission.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katarzyna Osinka
    • 1
  • Karolina Dumycz
    • 1
  • Bartłomiej Kwiek
    • 2
  • Wojciech Feleszko
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pediatric Respiratory Diseases and AllergyMedical University of WarsawWarsawPoland
  2. 2.Department of Dermatology and ImmunodermatologyMedical University of WarsawWarsawPoland

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