Fast Five Quiz: Atopic Dermatitis Management

William D. James, MD


February 22, 2021

If a patient has a true IgE-mediated food allergy, he or she should practice avoidance to prevent potential serious health sequelae. The 2014 American Academy of Dermatology guidelines supports 4- to 6-week dietary elimination of suspected food allergen before formal allergy testing.

There is inconsistent evidence to recommend the use of probiotics/prebiotics in the treatment of patients with established atopic dermatitis. However, the World Allergy Organization recommends the use of probiotics by pregnant and lactating women and their breastfed infants to prevent the development of atopic dermatitis.

There is inconsistent to no evidence to recommend the use of fish oils, evening primrose oil, borage oil, multivitamin supplements, zinc, vitamin D, vitamin E, and vitamins B12 and B6 for the treatment of atopic dermatitis.

Learn more about atopic dermatitis guidelines.


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