Dr Georgina Lyons talks all new things in eczema.
Reporting from the AAD meeting San Diego
“I have just returned from sunny San Diego, where the American Academy of Dermatology held their annual scientific meeting this year. As the largest dermatology conference in the world the AAD meeting is always a wonderful opportunity to hear from the best dermatologists in America and catch up on all the latest advances in dermatology (many of which are released in the U.S. first before making their way to Australia).
This year there were several exciting developments in terms of new treatments available for eczema, including the biologic Dupilimumab for widespread recalcitrant eczema and the new non-steroid topical cream Crisaborole. Whilst not yet on the PBS these medications were approved for use in Australia by the TGA earlier in the year, and will hopefully soon be government subsidised for treatment of eczema in Australia.
Also, it turns out that vinegar doesn’t just go well with fish and chips – vinegar baths for eczema were discussed as a simple and effective alternative or adjunct to bleach baths in treating flares and preventing secondary infection. I am looking forward to trying this out with some of my patients!”