Atopic Dermatitis

  • Medical Author:
    Gary W. Cole, MD, FAAD

    Dr. Cole is board certified in dermatology. He obtained his BA degree in bacteriology, his MA degree in microbiology, and his MD at the University of California, Los Angeles. He trained in dermatology at the University of Oregon, where he completed his residency.

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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What is the prognosis of atopic dermatitis?

Although symptoms of atopic dermatitis can be very difficult and uncomfortable, the disease can be successfully managed. People with atopic dermatitis, as well as their families, can lead healthy, normal lives. Long-term management may include treatment with an allergist to control internal allergies and a dermatologist to monitor the skin-care component.

REFERENCES:

Bieber, Thomas. "Atopic Dermatitis." New Engl J Medicine 358 (2008): 1483-1494.

Eichenfield, Lawrence F., et al. "Guidelines of care for the management of atopic dermatitis: section 1. Diagnosis and assessment of atopic dermatitis." J Am Acad Dermatol 70.2 Feb. 2014: 338-351.

Eichenfield, Lawrence F., et al. "Guidelines of care for the management of atopic dermatitis: section 2. Management and treatment of atopic dermatitis with topical therapies." J Am Acad Dermatol 71.1 July 2014: 116-32.

Eichenfield, Lawrence F., et al. "Guidelines of care for the management of atopic dermatitis: section 3. Management and treatment with phototherapy and systemic agents." J Am Acad Dermatol 71.2 Aug. 2014: 327-49.

Eichenfield, Lawrence F., et al. "Guidelines of care for the management of atopic dermatitis: Section 4. Prevention of disease flares and use of adjunctive therapies and approaches." J Am Acad Dermatol 71.6 Dec. 2014: 1218-33.

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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/9/2015
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