Management of atopic dermatitis: a narrative review


The risk of concomitant atopic comorbidity (asthma, allergic rhinitis and food allergies) is increased and is highest in early onset and severe atopic dermatitis. The prevalence of atopic dermatitis and atopic disease has risen in Western societies in recent decades.

This narrative review provides an overview of the current knowledge on its pathogenesis, which has informed the recommended management of atopic dermatitis and led to new therapeutic options. The authors searched the PubMed, MEDLINE and Cochrane Library databases for review articles, systematic reviews, meta‐analyses, expert group consensus opinions, and guidelines published between 2016 and 2021. They also included earlier sentinel original articles and key review publications. Where necessary, the authors’ clinical experience is noted.



Learning Outcomes

  • Explain key components of the narrative review.
  • List main findings.
  • Recognise changes in the approach to atopic dermatitis management.


Authors: Michelle SY Goh, Jenny SW Yun and John C Su

Article Type: Narrative review


Medical Journal of Australia
Reading: journal; textbook; book; literature review
1h : 0m
MBA: 1h : 0m
Medical Practitioner, Medical Student, Doctor-in-Training, Non-Vocationally Registered, Retired, Specialist - Other, Specialist General Practitioner
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