Katia Faustini, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec.
Joseph M Lam, MD, FRCP(C), Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Associate Member, Department of Dermatology and Skin Sciences, University of British Columbia.
Atopic dermatitis is the most common inflammatory skin condition affecting children. Given the complex waxing and waning nature of this common dermatologic condition, patient education and frequent family physician involvement, is the key to proper long term management. While topical steroids have long been accepted as the standard therapy in management of eczema, concern over its side effects by both family doctors and patients greatly impact compliance. Topical steroids are safe and efficacious if used properly. This article examines the top ten things to know about atopic dermatitis in order to properly and safely manage this chronic disease.
Keywords: atopic dermatitis, inflammatory skin condition, topical corticosteroids.