Atopic dermatitis typically starts in childhood, but can first occur in adulthood as well. It often leads to severe itching.
Atopic dermatitis can be triggered by various allergens including foods and environmental allergens (i.e dust mites).
Allergy testing will help identify the triggers.
The mainstays of treatment for atopic dermatitis are identifying the trigger, strict avoidance, and topical therapies.
In moderate to severe cases of atopic dermatitis in adults not controlled with avoidance measures or topical therapies, dupilumab (Dupixent) is an injectable medication given every 2 weeks that targets a specific inflammatory mediator in atopic dermatitis.
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