Atopic dermatitis is the most common form of dermatitis in children and is increasing in prevalence. We know that the more severe the dermatitis is, the greater the chance of the child developing asthma and hay fever.
Genetic factors play a large part in the development of atopic dermatitis and research has shown that environmental factors, regulation of the immune system and abnormalities of the skin barrier function are also important.
International speaker, Professor Thomas Luger, presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian College of Dermatologists in Brisbane, on the abnormalities that have been found in the skin of sufferers of atopic dermatitis that make them more susceptible to inflammation of the skin and secondary infection.
Moisturisers are the mainstay of treatment for atopic dermatitis and must be used liberally and frequently.
As well as speaking about the new treatment options in the pipeline for sufferers of severe atopic dermatitis, Professor Luger will introduce a new moisturiser to the Australian Market.
- Professor Luger
Professor Luger is Chairman, Department of Dermatology and Director, Institute of Cell Biology and Immunology at the University of Munster, Germany