The effects of treatment on itch in atopic dermatitis

Kevin B. Yarbrough, Kristin J. Neuhaus, Eric L. Simpson

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Pruritus causes significant impairment in the quality of life of patients suffering from atopic dermatitis. Treatments for itch in atopic dermatitis range from simple avoidance of pruritus triggers to more complicated systemic therapy. Several treatments aim to target specific mediators of itch in atopic dermatitis, whereas others improve pruritus by reducing inflammation. Currentlythe most effective treatments for atopic dermatitis-associated itch are primarily topical or systemic anti-inflammatory agents. Better management of pruritus in atopic dermatitis is an important goal and necessitates the development of novel targeted treatments as well as efficient use of current therapies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)110-119
Number of pages10
JournalDermatologic Therapy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2013


  • atopic dermatitis
  • itch
  • pruritus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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