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IJD SYMPOSIUM
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 61  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 656-661

Topical therapy in atopic dermatitis in children


1 Department of Paediatric Dermatology, Birmingham Children's Hospital, Birmingham, UK
2 University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

Correspondence Address:
Celia Moss
Consultant Dermatologist, Birmingham Children's Hospital, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham B4 6NH
UK
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0019-5154.193677

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Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common, chronic childhood skin disorder caused by complex genetic, immunological, and environmental interactions. It significantly impairs quality of life for both child and family. Treatment is complex and must be tailored to the individual taking into account personal, social, and emotional factors, as well as disease severity. This review covers the management of AD in children with topical treatments, focusing on: education and empowerment of patients and caregivers, avoidance of trigger factors, repair and maintenance of the skin barrier by correct use of emollients, control of inflammation with topical corticosteroids and calcineurin inhibitors, minimizing infection, and the use of bandages and body suits.


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