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Corticosteroids Pose Toxicity Risk for Patients with Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria
Patients who have either chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) or chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU) who take oral corticosteroids (OCS) face a greater risk of side effects as well as higher total healthcare costs, according to a recent study.
Though air pollution has previously been associated with elevated rates of atopic dermatitis (AD), the reason for that correlation remained mostly a mystery until last week.
In a recent survey of pediatric dermatologists, cyclosporine (Neoral/ Novartis, SandIMMUNE/ Sandoz, others) was the most common choice of systemic agent to treat severe pediatric atopic dermatitis (AD), followed by methotrexate (Trexall, Teva, others).
Researchers from the University of North Carolina examined the gene expression and regulation in colon tissue from patients to better understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms that make up Crohn’s disease.
“While the concept of biofilms in atopic dermatitis is relatively new, antimicrobial and biofilm dispersing agents have been included in the treatment regimen for atopic dermatitis for decades," according to the study authors.
Multiple measurements of skin integrity and function were applied to distinguish between the effects of topical emollient products in a recent study. Two popular products in the UK were determined to transiently improve the skin barrier that is thought to be defective in atopic dermatitis (AD), and another product was confirmed to be damaging.
Researchers in Denmark recently reported that hospital-diagnosed atopic dermatitis is associated with a greater risk of myocardial infarction.
Researchers report that atopic dermatitis (AD) is associated with increased risk of ADHD in adults and children. Patients with more severe AD were at even higher risk.
Robert G. Micheletti, MD, discusses the importance of disease staging to determine treatment for hidradenitis suppurativa and lifestyle changes to help control symptoms.

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