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What's new in atopic eczema? An analysis of systematic reviews published in 2014. Part 2. Treatment and prevention

Lloyd-Lavery, A.; Rogers, N. K.; Hatfield, S. J.; Grindlay, D.; Barnett, R.; Thomas, K. S.


A. Lloyd-Lavery

N. K. Rogers

S. J. Hatfield

D. Grindlay

R. Barnett


This review forms part of a series of annual updates that summarize the evidence base for atopic eczema (AE). It provides a summary of key findings from 12 systematic reviews (SRs) that were published or indexed during 2014, and focuses on the treatment and prevention of AE. For an update of SRs on the epidemiology, mechanisms of disease and methodological issues, see Part 1 of this update. Although phototherapy and various systemic medications (including ciclosporin, azathioprine and methotrexate) are commonly used to treat AE, many of these have not been robustly assessed in head?to?head randomized controlled trials. Educational interventions may improve AE severity and quality of life for children and their families. Intake of probiotics prenatally and postnatally may help prevent AE, but there is little evidence to suggest a role in the treatment of AE. Although no benefit was found for allergen avoidance in preventing AE, the use of immunotherapy to treat AE?associated aeroallergen sensitivity requires further evaluation. There is insufficient evidence for Vitamin D supplementation for the treatment of AE This overview of reviews provides a succinct guide for clinicians and patients wishing to remain up to date with the most recent evidence for the treatment and prevention of AE.


Lloyd-Lavery, A., Rogers, N. K., Hatfield, S. J., Grindlay, D., Barnett, R., & Thomas, K. S. (2017). What's new in atopic eczema? An analysis of systematic reviews published in 2014. Part 2. Treatment and prevention. Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, 42(1), 3-7.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 25, 2016
Online Publication Date Nov 21, 2016
Publication Date Jan 31, 2017
Deposit Date Dec 6, 2018
Journal Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
Print ISSN 0307-6938
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 42
Issue 1
Pages 3-7
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