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Therapeutic Approach

Atopic dermatitis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease most commonly occurring in children with a variable course, but can also first appear in adulthood. Therapy should be approached on the basis of disease severity, which includes the intensity of skin lesions, the extent of body surface involvement, symptom burden, and the rapidity of recurrent disease after clearance. Mild disease usually responds to intermittent low-potency topical corticosteroids (TCS), with bland emollients effective for prevention of flares. Moderate-to-severe disease usually requires a combination approach of TCS for clearance and the use of nonsteroidal topical therapies to safely maintain control in a reactive or proactive fashion. Patients with moderate-to-severe disease not controlled with topical therapies should be considered for phototherapy or systemic therapy.1 See Table 1-1.

Table 1-1Atopic Dermatitis Treatment Table

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