Edited by: Stephan Weidinger
New approaches to the prevention of childhood atopic dermatitis
Article first published online: 26 DEC 2013
© 2013 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Special Issue: Atopic dermatitis
Volume 69, Issue 1, pages 56–61, January 2014
How to Cite
New approaches to the prevention of childhood atopic dermatitis. Allergy 2014; 69: 56–61., .
- Issue published online: 20 JAN 2014
- Article first published online: 26 DEC 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 6 NOV 2013
- UK National Institute of Health Research Clinician Scientist Award
- UK National Institute for Health Research or the UK Department of Health
- atopic dermatitis;
- atopic eczema;
There has been a steep rise in the burden of atopic dermatitis (AD), and up to 20% of children in developed countries now suffer of the disease. At present, treatment at best achieves symptom control rather than cure, and there is a strong need to identify new methods of disease prevention. While earlier approaches focused on allergen avoidance strategies, there has been a clear shift towards attempts to induce tolerance and enhancement of skin barrier function, as skin barrier breakdown plays an important role in AD development. This article reviews the latest developments in the prevention of AD.