Atopic dermatitis

  • Deirdre Engler Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • Freddy Makola Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Keywords: Atopic dermatitis, pruritus, filaggrin, FLG gene, microbiome, Th2 cells

Abstract

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.

Author Biographies

Deirdre Engler, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Department of Pharmacy, Lecturer
Freddy Makola, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
School of Pharmacy, Academic Intern
Published
2017-05-15
Section
Reviews