Comparison of dermatology and allergy guidelines for atopic dermatitis management

Girish C. Mohan, Peter A. Lio

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IMPORTANCE: Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common skin condition treated by dermatologists, allergists, pediatricians, and primary care physicians. Several treatment guidelines and therapeutic parameters exist for the management of this disease. Health care professionals may be unaware of guidelines created by specialty organizations other than their own. OBJECTIVE: To review, compare, and contrast the most recent AD management guidelines. EVIDENCE REVIEW: The guidelines for AD management published by the American Academy of Dermatology 2014 work group were compared with those created by the 2012 Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters representing the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology; the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology; and the Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. International guidelines created by the 2012 European Task Force on Atopic Dermatitis and the 2013 Asia-Pacific Consensus Group for Atopic Dermatitis were also considered. FINDINGS: Several differences among the guidelines suggest that there may be disparity in the perceptions of AD between US dermatologists and allergists and health care professionals in other areas of the world. There are notable differences among the guidelines regarding the recommendations for the use of diluted bleach baths, vitamin D, and environmental modifications. CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE: Comparison of different guidelinesmay ultimately augment knowledge of treatment strategies and enhance realization of biases in the understanding and management of AD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1009-1013
Number of pages5
JournalJAMA Dermatology
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2015
Externally publishedYes


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