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Updates in Atopic Dermatitis: Diagnosis and Management in Adults

The prevalence of atopic dermatitis (AD) in industrialized nations is estimated at up to 30% for children and up to 10% for adults. The vast majority (85%) of affected patients develop symptoms before reaching their 5th birthday. For children, severity can increase with age although in 70% of childhood cases AD remits by adolescence. Allergist/immunologists often receive referrals of these challenging cases from other clinicians, and it is essential that they and the other healthcare providers working with them be prepared to provide optimal treatment to these patients.

To clarify these challenges, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and The France Foundation have designed a certified medical education initiative through which non-dermatology specialists can increase their knowledge, confidence and competence in the diagnosis, assessment and treatment of patients with AD. This activity will highlight the diagnosis and treatment of AD in adults.

Supported by an educational grant from Pfizer.

The following is a link to the abstract of a companion article printed in the Journal of Clinical Allergy: In Practice:

Update on Atopic Dermatitis: Diagnosis, Severity Assessment, and Treatment Selection


Target Audience

  • Allergist/immunologists
  • Fellows-in-Training
  • Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants and Other Allied Health Professionals


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the activity, participants should be able to:

  • Diagnose AD chiefly on the basis of the clinical exam
  • Evaluate severity on the basis of provided criteria and evaluation tools, as appropriate
  • Address exacerbations appropriately, on the basis of evidence and recommendations
  • Select treatment for moderate-to-severe AD on the basis of available data


Available credit: 
  • 0.50 Attendance
    Attendance credit.
  • 0.50 CE
    CE credit.
  • 0.50 CME
    CME credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Carrie Burton
The France Foundation, Old Lyme, CT
Relevant relationships: None

Anna Fishbein, MD
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Relevant relationships: None

Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and USC Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
Relevant relationships: Pfizer (grant reviewer); Regeneron (research funding); Abbvie (consultant)

Anne Russell, MS BSN RN AE-C
Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, MI
Relevant relationships: None

Jonathan I. Silverberg, MD PhD MPH
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Relevant relationships: Abbvie, AnaptysBio, Asana BioSciences, Eli Lilly, Galderma, GSK, Kiniksa, Leo Pharma, Realm Pharaceuticals, Sanofi Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (consultant)

Eve Wilson, PhD
The France Foundation, Old Lyme, CT
Relevant relationships: None


Stuart Abramson, MD FAAAAI
Shannon Medical Center, San Angelo, TX
Relevant relationships: None

Karen Gregory, DNP APRN-BC RRT AE-C
Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic, Edmond, OK
Relevant relationships: None


Pursuant to the Code of Ethics for the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) and the Standards for Commercial Support of Continuing Medical Education of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, the AAAAI requires disclosure of certain information from faculty members of educational activities designated for CME credit by the AAAAI. Prior to the activity, authors and reviewers are required to disclose all relationships that meet the following parameters:

  • Employment: Name of employer and job title.
  • Financial interests: All organizations, other than the employer, from which the faculty member or a member of his/her immediate family or household receives annual remuneration in any amount (including grants, honoraria and consulting fees).
  • Research interests: All organizations which support research projects for which the faculty member or member of his/her immediate family or household serves as an investigator.
  • Legal Consultation Services/Expert Witness Testimony: All topics on which the faculty member provided legal consultation and/or expert witness testimony during the previous calendar year.
  • Organizational interests: All organizations, other than the AAAAI, for which the faculty member holds volunteer positions.
  • Gifts: All organizations from which the faculty member or a member of his/her immediate family or household have received a gift of any amount in the last year.
  • Other interests: All interests of the faculty member or a member of his/her immediate family or household that would be judged by a majority of his/her peers to be more than casual and/or likely to impact his/her ability to exercise independent judgment. This includes any financial interest in or relationship with any manufacturer of a commercial product, and any financial interest or relationship with any organization that provides commercial support to AAAAI-sponsored educational activities.

The information disclosed by the speakers and planning committee was reviewed in accordance with the AAAAI Disclosure Policy. All potential conflicts of interest were resolved by the planners, faculty, and reviewers prior to their participation in the development of this activity


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of AAAAI and The France Foundation. The AAAAI is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology (AAAAI) is a Provider, approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #10704, for up to 0.50 Contact Hours.


Credit claiming for this activity will expire at 11:59 pm on May 31, 2021. Requests to claim credit on or after May 31, 2021 will be denied.


To verify your participation in educational activities, you may be asked to provide your name, contact information, and/or other descriptors. The AAAAI will not release this information to outside entities. It may be used internally to inform you of other AAAAI educational activities. If you wish to have your information excluded from this process, please contact us at cme@aaaai.org.


Activity-related questions should be directed to  cme@aaaai.org.

Available Credit

  • 0.50 Attendance
    Attendance credit.
  • 0.50 CE
    CE credit.
  • 0.50 CME
    CME credit.


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