Crisaborole for Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

Topical steroids and moisturizer are the mainstay treatments for eczema. However, steroids have a lot of unwanted side effects and moisturizers alone can’t treat most eczema patients. The topical options to treat eczema are limited. Outside of steroids, eczema patients can also use the topical calcineurin inhibitors such as tacrolimus and pimecrolimus. The FDA is recently approved crisaborole as a treatment for mild to moderate eczema. This is the latest topical medication for eczema approved in the past 15 years. Crisaborole for Eczema Most people who suffer from eczema have mild to moderate disease. However, even mild disease can result […]

Research Round-Up — Eczema, Acne, & Sunscreen

Today’s dermatology research round-up includes an article from each of the major dermatology journals: JAMA Dermatology, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, and Journal of Investigative Dermatology. This week I’ll be discussing new research in eczema, acne, and sunscreens. Eczema Is More Likely to Persist in Certain Patients A systematic review of 45 studies found that childhood eczema (atopic dermatitis) tends to remit by adulthood in most patients. However, certain patients such as those with late onset disease, long course of disease, and severe disease are more likely to suffer from eczema throughout their life. This research included 110,651 […]

New Treatments For Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis) – Dupilumab

There is no cure for eczema. Severe eczema is hard to treat. Systemic drugs specifically indicated to treat eczema don’t currently exist. However, the FDA is currently reviewing a brand new systemic drug to treat eczema. Dupilumab, a biologic drug, is one of the new treatments for eczema that may be coming to the market next year. Treatment of Severe Eczema Topical steroids and moisturizer are the mainstay treatments of eczema. For patients who suffer from severe eczema, topical treatments may not be enough to control their disease symptoms. Severe eczema can be treated with off-label systemic medications. This means […]

Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

Eczema Is Very Common Eczema is a common condition that tends to start in childhood, usually within the first year of life. This condition is so common that it’s known by many different names: eczema, atopic dermatitis, and plain old dermatitis. It’s so common that 1-2 out of 10 children will have anywhere from a mild to severe form. (1) Eczema causes extreme itchiness that leads to scratching. The scratching causes a disruption in the skin barrier which leads to more itching. And the cycle continues on endlessly. Children will scratch themselves all day and even in their sleep. How […]