Atopic dermatitis

D. Engler*, F. Makola

*Corresponding author for this work

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The aetiology of atopic dermatitis (AD) is multi-faceted and impacts on the skin, our first-line host defence. Atopic dermatitis is incurable, has a significant influence on patients' social and occupational functioning and can have long-lasting effects. Pruritus is the hallmark of atopic dermatitis and pharmacists should have a clear understanding of the pathophysiology of this disease to counsel the patient appropriately. The pharmacist plays a central role in educating patients on managing their condition and adherence to therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-41
Number of pages6
JournalSA Pharmaceutical Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Atopic dermatitis
  • FLG gene
  • Filaggrin
  • Microbiome
  • Pruritus
  • Th2 cells


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