Step-Wise Treatment of Atopic Dermatitis: Basics and Beyond

Noreen Heer Nicol, PhD, RN, FNP, NEA-BC


Pediatr Nurs. 2020;46(2):92-98. 

In This Article


Successful AD management strategies implemented in a stepwise approach tailored to the individual patient that are severity-based are now available to control and treat AD. A healthy skin barrier is foundational and one of the best defenses against all AD pathophysiologic factors. Foundational skin care measures for every patient with AD are the cornerstone of all AD treatment regimens. This foundational skin care includes bathing and daily use of moisturizers that aid in the repair and maintenance of the skin barrier. Patient education, including the fundamentals of the AD disease and skin care, increases the chances of successful AD therapy for patients and their caregivers. Providers across all specialties and practice arenas should embrace these foundational, evidence-based concepts to provide consistent care and messaging to children and their care providers, which will ultimately improve AD care and outcomes.